Sambandet mellan familjebakgrund och ekonomisk status i Finland: The connection between family background and economic status in Finland

A1 Journal article (refereed)

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Eva Österbacka
Publication year: 1999
Journal: Ekonomiska Samfundets Tidskrift
Journal acronym: EKON SAMF TIDSKR
Volume number: 52
Issue number: 2
Start page: 87
End page: 92
Number of pages: 7
ISSN: 0013-3183


The importance of family background for the economic positions of individuals tells us something about the inequality in the society and the mobility between generations. Estimates of the intergenerational correlation in economic status is under 0.2 in Finland. These estimates are in line with the relatively low income inequality in Finland. The estimated correlations are lower for daughters than for sons. Women seem to be less affected by their family background than men are. A simple decomposition of the intergenerational correlation shows that education and occupation are the largest intermediating factors, but non-observable characteristics have an important role as well..

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