Intergenerational earnings mobility: changes across cohorts in Britain

Cheti Nicoletti, John Ermisch

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The aim of this paper is to analyze intergenerational earnings mobility in Britain for cohorts of sons born between 1950 and 1972. Since there are no British surveys with information on both sons’ and their fathers’ earnings covering the above period, we consider two separate samples from the British Household Panel Survey. We combine information from the two samples using the two-sample two-stage least squares estimator described by Arellano and Meghir (1992). Our main result shows that intergenerational earnings mobility was stable for the cohorts born between 1950 and 1960 and decreased statistically significantly among more recent cohorts, those born
during 1961–1972.
Original languageEnglish
Article number9
Pages (from-to)777-826
Number of pages50
JournalBE Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy
Issue number2
Early online date16 Jan 2008
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 2008


  • Intergenerational moblity
  • Measurement error
  • Two-sample two-stage least squares estimator

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