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Intergenerational mobility and income inequality in 22 countries

Note: The higher the Gini coefficient, the higher the inequality. The higher the intergenerational elasticity, the lower the extent of mobility. Equation for the trend line is y = 1.1253x ‒ 0.0202 and the R² = 0.5934.

Source: Adapted from Corak (2012, Figure 2)

Updated May 16, 2012

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The figure is adapted from Corak (2012), Figure 2, “More Inequality at a Point in Time Is Associated with Less Generational Earnings Mobility in Twenty Five Countries with Comparable Estimates of the Intergenerational Elasticity Between Father and Son Earnings.” Note that data points for Italy and the United Kingdom overlap, and that the upward sloping line is the least squares fitted regression line.

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