Egalitarianism under pressure : toward lower economic mobility in the knowledge economy? / Simen Markussen (Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research), Knut Røed (Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research and IZA) ; IZA, Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserMarkussen, Simen ; Røed, Knut
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, March 2017
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 10664
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Based on complete population data, with the exact same definitions of family class background and economic outcomes for a large number of birth cohorts, we examine postwar trends in intergenerational economic mobility in Norway. Despite only mild fluctuations in standard rankbased summary statistics, we show that men and women born into the lowest parts of the parental earnings rank distribution have fallen considerably behind in terms of several qualityoflife outcomes, such as earnings rank, earnings share, employment propensity, educational attainment, and the establishment of a family. In particular, the prime-age employment rates of lower class sons have declined spectacularly, both because their rank outcomes have deteriorated and because the lowest ranks to an increasing extent have become associated with non-employment rather than lowwage employment. We provide suggestive evidence that higher educational requirements in the labor market has increased the importance of parental encouragement and support and thus enlarged the handicap of being born into a less resourceful family. There is no evidence whatsoever of a relative decline in the lower classes cognitive abilities.