Intergenerational income mobility in urban China

Honge (Cathy) Gong, Andrew Leigh, Xin Meng

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This paper estimates the intergenerational income elasticity for urban China, paying careful attention to the potential biases induced by income fluctuations and life cycle effects. Our preferred estimate indicates that the intergenerational income elasticity for father–son is 0.63. This suggests that while China has experienced rapid growth of absolute incomes, the relative position of children in the distribution is largely related to their parents' incomes. By investigating possible causal channels, we find that parental education plays one of the most important roles in transmitting economic status from parents to children.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-503
Number of pages23
JournalThe Review of Income and Wealth
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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