And Yet It Moves: Intergenerational Mobility in Italy

Paolo Acciari, Alberto Polo, Giovanni L. Violante

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We estimate intergenerational income mobility in Italy using administrative data from tax returns. Our estimates of mobility are higher than prior work using survey data and indirect methods. The rankrank slope of parent-child income is 0.22, compared to 0.18 in Denmark and 0.34 in the United States. The probability that a child reaches the top quintile of the national income distribution starting from a family in the bottom quintile is 0.11. We uncover substantial geographical variation: upward mobility is much stronger in northern Italy, where provinces have higher measured school quality, more stable families, and more favorable labor market conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-163
Number of pages46
JournalAmerican Economic Journal: Applied Economics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance


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