, Volume 45, Issue 2, pp 367–393 | Cite as

Intergenerational occupational dynamics before and during the recent crisis in Spain

  • Antonio Caparrós Ruiz
Original Paper


The relationship between the socio-economic status of parents and children is referred to by the literature as intergenerational social mobility. Low mobility implies that human capital, skills and talent can be misallocated. As a consequence, the workers’ efforts, their motivation and productivity could be negatively affected, causing adverse effects on economy growth and competitiveness. This paper attempts to study the evolution of intergenerational social mobility before and during the recent economic crisis in Spain. The methodology applied consists in analysing the movements along the occupational scale of children with respect to their parents. This involves associating the National Classification of Occupations with the New International Socio-economic Index of Occupational Status. Statistic and econometric methods are used to assess these occupational transitions and to analyse the covariates’ effects on them. Data used corresponds to the 2005 and 2011 Living Condition Survey (INE 2005, 2011).


Social mobility Occupation Birth cohort 

JEL Classification

C10 J62 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Estadística y Econometría, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y EmpresarialesUniversity of MálagaMálagaSpain

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