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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalFraser of Allander Economic Commentary
Volume42
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2018

Keywords

  • social mobility
  • Scottish labour
  • Scottish housing
  • housing markets

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