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Intergenerational Mobility and its Decomposition: Growth Effect and Structural Effect
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TitleIntergenerational Mobility and its Decomposition: Growth Effect and Structural Effect  
AuthorLi Renyu, Chen Xirong and Gan Li  
OrganizationShenzhen University; Texas A&M University;Southwestern University of Finance and Economics;; 
Key WordsIntergenerational Mobility; Decomposition; Growth Effect, Exchange Mobility  
Abstract This paper explores the sources and determinants of intergenerational educational mobility for whom born between 1930 and 1990 in China. We decompose observed educational movement across generations into growth mobility, exchange mobility, and disperse mobility by employing data from the 2013 China Household Finance Survey and 2012 China Family Panel Servey. Results revealing intergenerational mobility trend were in reversed U-shape. Cohorts who experienced dramatic institutional changes before 1960s had relatively higher and increased mobility. Movement in education across generations for cohorts after the 1960s, however, has declined continuously. Growth mobility, namely growth in overall education level across generations is most important in explaining intergenerational educational movement in China. After eliminating the effect of growth, mobility change across time becomes smoothly. 
Serial NumberWP1268 
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