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Accounting for intergenerational Income Persistence: Non-cognitive Skills, Ability and Education

Macmillan, Lindsey; Gregg, Paul; Blanden, Jo; (2007) Accounting for intergenerational Income Persistence: Non-cognitive Skills, Ability and Education. Economic Journal , 117 C46-C60. Green open access

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Abstract

We analyse in detail the factors that lead to intergenerational persistence among sons, where this is measured as the association between childhood family income and later adult earnings. We seek to account for the level of income persistence in the 1970 BCS cohort and also to explore the decline in mobility in the UK between the 1958 NCDS cohort and the 1970 cohort. The mediating factors considered are cognitive skills, non-cognitive traits, educational attainment and labour market attachment. Changes in the relationships between these variables, parental income and earnings are able to explain over 80% of the rise in intergenerational persistence across the cohorts.

Type: Article
Title: Accounting for intergenerational Income Persistence: Non-cognitive Skills, Ability and Education
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Keywords: Intergenerational mobility, , children, , skills
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10011621
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