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Theoretical Models of Inequality Transmission across Multiple Generations

Gary Solon

NBER Working Paper No. 18790
Issued in February 2013
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Existing theoretical models of intergenerational transmission of socioeconomic status have strong implications for the association of outcomes across multiple generations of a family. These models, however, are highly stylized and do not encompass many plausible avenues for transmission across multiple generations. This paper extends existing models to encompass some of these avenues and draws out empirical implications for the multigenerational persistence of socioeconomic status.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w18790

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