Fluctuations in intergenerational mobility in economic status in Norway
MEMORANDUM No 6:2006 Fluctuations in intergenerational mobility in economic status in Norway By Marianne Nordli Hansen, University of Oslo
Changes in intergenerational economic mobility is studied on the basis of register data on the earnings of the total population of mothers, fathers and children from 1967 and onwards. The analyses focus on the earnings of the cohorts born between 1955 and 1973, and their earnings at the age of 29-30 and 39-40, for those who have reached this age in 2003. Parental economic status is measured by father’s earnings as well as mother’s earnings added on. The estimates of mobility vary a great deal, according to measurement procedures and age at measurement. The lowest level of mobility is found in the estimates based on the father’s earnings only. The results do not support the argument in previous research that intergenerational economic mobility has increased in Norway.