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Exploring social mobility with latent trajectory groups

Sturgis, Patrick ORCID: 0000-0003-1180-3493 and Sullivan, Louise (2008) Exploring social mobility with latent trajectory groups. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series A: Statistics in Society, 171. 65 - 88. ISSN 0964-1998

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1467-985X.2007.00516.x


Summary. We present a new methodological approach to the study of social mobility. We use a latent class growth analysis framework to identify five qualitatively distinct social class trajectory groups between 1980 and 2000 for male respondents to the 1970 British Cohort Study. We model the antecedents of trajectory group membership via multinomial logistic regression. Non‐response, which is a considerable problem in long‐term panels and cohort studies, is handled via direct maximum likelihood estimation, which is consistent and efficient when data are missing at random. Our results suggest a combination of meritocratic and ascriptive influences on the probability of membership in the different trajectory groups.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2008 Royal Statistical Society
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Q Science > QA Mathematics
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2019 14:15
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:43

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