On class and earnings trajectories: The use of class and earnings to study intergenerational mobility

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Abstract

Sociologists and economists differ in how they study intergenerational social mobility. For sociologists, intergenerational mobility is examined between economic standings, such as class, which are multidimensional, and derived from an individual's position in the labor market. Economists, instead, have a unidimensional view on this issue, and thus focus on income as the measure between which social mobility is examined. This paper contributes to this literature by examining the association between class and life course earnings trajectories. Utilizing a unique intergenerational data-set supplemented by life course earnings information on Israeli men and women, we show that class, as measured in mid-career, is associated with distinct life course earnings trajectories. We discuss the implications of this finding, and conclude that in the absence of life course earning data, class can serve as a proxy for earnings trajectories.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100507
JournalResearch in Social Stratification and Mobility
Volume70
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was funded by an ISF grant to both authors (# 575/14 ).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 Elsevier Ltd

Keywords

  • Class mobility
  • Earnings trajectories
  • Income mobility
  • Israel
  • Social position
  • The Goldthorpe class

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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