Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance
Via XX Settembre 97
Institutional Affiliation: Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|April 2019||"And Yet It Moves": Intergenerational Mobility in Italy|
with Alberto Polo, Giovanni L. Violante: w25732
We link tax returns across two generations to provide the first estimate of intergenerational mobility in Italy based on administrative income data. Italy emerges as less immobile than previously depicted by studies using proxies for economic status or survey data with imputation procedures. This conclusion is robust with respect to a number of concerns, both standard when using administrative data and specific to our sample. A 10 percentile increase in parental income is associated with a percentile increase in child income between 2.5 and 3. The expected rank of children born from parents with income below the median is around 0.43. Upward mobility is higher for sons, first-born children, children of self-employed parents, and for those who migrate once adults. We uncover substantial geo...