The shadow of peasant past: higher order cousin correlations in educational attainment in Sweden

  • 14 Feb 2019

    11:00-12:30, Clay Room, Nuffield College

  • Sociology Seminar   Add to Calendar
Speaker: Professor Martin Hallsten

Stockholm University

This event is part of the Sociology Seminar Series.

Abstract: We use administrative data for Sweden linked to church books for a number of parishes in northern Sweden to study multigenerational transfers of inequality from historical to contemporary time. Our data allows us to up to 3rd cousins spanning five generation for individuals living in Sweden around the new millennium. We compute cousin correlations in years of education, and our preliminary findings suggest them to both be substantial in their own right and also substantially exceed the extrapolation from a 1st order Markov process, suggesting that earlier generations exert influence on today’s life-chances, over and above the direct transmission from parents.

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