Social mobility and the intergenerational transfer of advantage in labour and housing markets in Scotland : some preliminary analyses

Eiser, David (2018) Social mobility and the intergenerational transfer of advantage in labour and housing markets in Scotland : some preliminary analyses. Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary, 42 (1). ISSN 2046-5378

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    Abstract

    This paper presents new data on social mobility in Scotland. It examines the extent to which individuals’ occupation as adults is correlated with the occupation of their parents. It considers the extent to which growing up in a workless household influences the likelihood of being employed as an adult. And it examines how the occupational class of one’s parents influences the probability of being a homeowner, after controlling for individual characteristics (educational qualifications, health). The paper finds evidence that parental labour market status plays a significant role in influencing labour and housing market outcomes in Scotland, and that this intergenerational effect is at least as strong in Scotland as it is in the UK as a whole.