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Type Working Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title Intergenerational mobility in the 19th century: micro-level evidence from the city of Zurich
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  • Giacomin Favre
  • Joel Floris
  • Ulrich Woitek
  • English
Institution University of Zurich
Series Name Working paper series / Department of Economics
Number 274
ISSN 1664-7041
Number of Pages 41
Date 2018
Abstract Text We analyze social mobility of decennial citizenry cohorts of Zurich born between 1780 and 1870. We categorize individuals according to their occupations and use different measures to show the level, change, and components of intergenerational mobility. Mobility was imperfect and weakly decreasing over time. Both level and change are driven by intergenerational persistence of occupations with a low socioeconomic position and low transition between low and high socioeconomic position.
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Keywords Social mobility, occupational mobility, 19th century, Switzerland, Soziale Mobilität, Intergenerationenmobilität, Berufliche Mobilität, Zürich, Geschichte 1780 - 1870