Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

Poverty and Social Dynamics Paper Series PSDPS : 5
Intergenerational Mobility: Evidence from Pakistan Panel Household Survey
Publication Year : 2012

Intergenerational mobility dynamics has long been bewildering social scientists. The slogan of equality of opportunity underlies the very motivation to understand intergenerational education, occupational or earning (im)mobility. In particular income mobility has remained the most explored dimension leaving educational and occupational mobility behind in terms of the empirical expeditions undertaken, documenting the extent to which the economic position of the father determines the income of the son rather than his own education and skill . Improved econometric techniques have generated a volume of empirical studies. In contrast to emphasis on the description of the shifts in ranking and positions and the descriptive aspect of intergenerational mobility not much has been done to explore the process underlying it. It needs to be kept in mind that the allocative process depicting hierarchies and positions is a by-product of the overall socio-economic and political context. It is in this sense the study of intergenerational mobility becomes complex in nature and demands a great deal of information.

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