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Intergenerational mobility in a mid-Atlantic economy: Canada,1871-1901

Antonie, Luiza, Inwood, Kris, Minns, Chris ORCID: 0000-0003-1685-7757 and Summerfield, Fraser (2022) Intergenerational mobility in a mid-Atlantic economy: Canada,1871-1901. The Journal of Economic History, 82 (4). 1003 - 1029. ISSN 0022-0507

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0022050722000353


This article uses new linked full-count census data for Canada to document intergenerational occupational mobility from 1871 to 1901. We find significant differences among Canadian regions and language groups, with linguistic minorities experiencing notably lower rates of intergenerational mobility. International comparisons place Canada midway between other economies in the Americas and the most mobile European societies. Decompositions of overall mobility show that the Canadian experience shared the New World feature of high mobility from manual occupations, but also the Old World feature of greater persistence in white-collar jobs.

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Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J6 - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies > J62 - Job, Occupational, and Intergenerational Mobility
N - Economic History > N3 - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Income, and Wealth > N31 - Economic History: Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Income and Wealth: U.S.; Canada: Pre-1913
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2022 09:42
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2024 17:48

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