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Florian R. Hertel,

Florian R. Hertel

Universität Hamburg
Olaf Groh-Samberg

Olaf Groh-Samberg

Universität Bremen
American Sociological Review, Journal Year: 2019, Volume and Issue: 84(6), P. 1099 - 1133

Published: Oct. 12, 2019

We study the relationship between inter-class inequality and intergenerational class mobility across 39 countries. Previous research on the relationship between economic inequality and class mobility remains inconclusive, as studies have confounded intra- with between-class economic inequalities. We propose that between-class inequality across multiple dimensions accounts for the inverse relationship between inequality and mobility: the larger the resource distance between classes, the less likely it is that mobility from one to the other will occur. We consider inequality in terms of between-class differences in three areas—education, wages, and income—and in a composite measure. Building on sociological mobility theory, we argue that …