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Elasticities between parental income and sons' earnings, 1950–2000

Note: The higher the intergenerational elasticity (IGE), the lower the extent of mobility. The IGEs shown are for 40- to 44-year-old sons.

Source: Authors' analysis of Aaronson and Mazumder (2007, Table 1)

Updated May 16, 2012

Documentation and methodology

Data are from Aaronson and Mazumder (2007), Table 1,“Estimates of the IGE Using Census IPUMS Data.” Data reflect annual family income for the parents and annual earnings for the sons.

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