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    Intergenerational mobility and institutional change in 20th century China

    Chen, Y. and Naidu, S. and Yu, Tinghua and Yuchtman, N. (2015) Intergenerational mobility and institutional change in 20th century China. Explorations in Economic History 58 , pp. 44-73. ISSN 0014‐4983.

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    We examine the persistence of socioeconomic status across generations, measured by educational attainment, among urban Chinese born between 1930 and 1985. The persistence of status follows a pronounced, robust U-shaped pattern, falling among cohorts educated following the Communist revolution of 1949, and rising among cohorts educated following the reforms of the late 1970s. The pattern is not driven by the Cultural Revolution or by changing associations between education and income. The U- shape also appears in complementary datasets covering rural China. We discuss the policies behind a non-monotonic relationship between educational expansion and social mobility across the institutional regimes we study.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Tinghua Yu
    Date Deposited: 28 May 2020 13:54
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:00


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