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Social Indicators Research

, Volume 124, Issue 2, pp 617–635 | Cite as

Not for People Like Us? A Six-Year Panel Study of the Mutual Relationship Between Feelings of Relative Deprivation and Occupational Status Among Young Adults in Flanders

  • Ilse LaurijssenEmail author
  • Bram Spruyt
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Abstract

In this paper we analysed the mutual relationship between occupational status and feelings of relative deprivation, at the start of young adults’ labour market careers. For our analysis we used panel data from young adults for the birth cohort of 1976 who were surveyed three times between the ages of 23 and 29, between 1999 and 2005. These panel data not only provided information about the associations between the occupational status and feelings of relative deprivation, but also allowed us to gain better insight into the causal ordering of the relationship between both. We find effects in both directions, from occupational status to feelings of relative deprivation, and the reverse, although these differ both in strength and timing. The effect of feelings of relative deprivation for the occupational status is significant but rather weak, and only tangible between the age of 23 and 26. The effect of the occupational status on relative deprivation on the other hand is substantially stronger, but manifests itself only between the age of 26 and 29.

Keywords

Feelings of relative deprivation Employment Causality Panel data Occupational status 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This research was financed by the Flemish Government in the framework of its program for Policy Research Centres. Both the data collection (SONAR data) and the analyses were done as part of the program of the Policy Research Centre for Study and School Careers. The Research Council of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel granted additional funds.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Group TOR, Department of SociologyVrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium

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