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Vive la Difference? Intergenerational Mobility in France and the United States during the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Jérôme Bourdieu, Joseph P. Ferrie and Lionel Kesztenbaum
The Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Vol. 39, No. 4 (Spring, 2009), pp. 523-557
Published by: The MIT Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40263544
Page Count: 35
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Abstract

Although rates of intergenerational mobility are the same in the United States and Europe today, attitudes toward redistribution, which should reflect those rates—at least in part—differ substantially. An examination of the differences in mobility between the United States and France since the middle of the nineteenth century, based on data for both countries that permit a comparison between the socioeconomic status of fathers and that of sons throughout a period of thirty years, demonstrates that the United States was a considerably more mobile economy in the past, though such differences are far from apparent today.

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