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Intergenerational mobility and institutional change in 20th century China

Chen, Yuyu, Naidu, Suresh, Yu, Tinghua and Yuchtman, Noam (2015) Intergenerational mobility and institutional change in 20th century China. Explorations in Economic History, 58. ISSN 0014-4983

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.eeh.2015.07.001

Abstract

We examine the persistence of socioeconomic status across generations, measured by educational attainment, among urban Chinese born between 1930 and 1985. The persistence of status follows a pronounced, robust U-shaped pattern, falling among cohorts educated following the Communist revolution of 1949, and rising among cohorts educated following the reforms of the late 1970s. The pattern is not driven by the Cultural Revolution or by changing associations between education and income. The Ushape also appears in complementary datasets covering rural China. We discuss the policies behind a non-monotonic relationship between educational expansion and social mobility across the institutional regimes we study.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/explorations...
Additional Information: © 2015 Elsevier Inc.
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I28 - Government Policy
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 > N35 - Economic History: Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Income and Wealth: Asia including Middle East
P - Economic Systems > P3 - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions > P36 - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions: Consumer Economics; Health, Education and Training, Welfare, and Poverty
Sets: Departments > Management
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2019 15:22
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 12:15
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/91511

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