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The Intergenerational Transmission of Income in Switzerland - A Comparison between Natives and Immigrants

Bauer, Philipp. (2006) The Intergenerational Transmission of Income in Switzerland - A Comparison between Natives and Immigrants. WWZ Discussion Papers, 2006 (01).

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Abstract

This paper analyses the intergenerational income mobility for natives and immigrants in Switzerland. An IV approach based on data from two different data sets is used. As there is no adequate data on fathers, I revert to information from a period that differs from actual fathers’ work period. This methodological approach leads to a bias of the resulting intergenerational elasticity. Nevertheless, cross-national comparison of income mobility is still possible. A comparison across subgroups of the Swiss population shows strong differences between Swiss and immigrants. Compared to natives, immigrants are more immobile. Also, substantial heterogeneity is found across different ethnic groups. Using quantile regression, mobility for natives is found to be similar for all income quantiles. Among immigrants, mobility is higher at the lower as well as at the upper end of the income distribution. These patterns differ from previous results from other countries.
Faculties and Departments:06 Faculty of Business and Economics
06 Faculty of Business and Economics > Departement Wirtschaftswissenschaften
06 Faculty of Business and Economics > Departement Wirtschaftswissenschaften > WWZ Forum
12 Special Collections > WWZ Publications > WWZ Discussion Papers and Working Papers
UniBasel Contributors:Bauer, Philipp
Item Type:Working Paper
Publisher:WWZ, University of Basel
Number of Pages:39
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Discussion paper / Internet publication
Language:English
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  • handle: RePEc:bsl:wpaper:2006/01
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