Intergenerational mobility: measurement and the role of borrowing constraints and inherited tastes

Authors: Jordi Caballé

SERIEs, Vol. 7, No 4, 393-420, November, 2016

In this paper, I present some popular measures of mobility in economic outcomes within a family across generations. I also discuss two of the most important factors preventing intergenerational mobility: existence of financially constrained individuals and transmission of tastes from parents to children. Finally, I show how these two factors could give raise to dramatic reversals of fortune affecting successive generations of the same dynasty. I will cast the results of the different models I use in terms of the previous measures of intergenerational mobility