Zur Entwicklung der intergenerationalen Mobilität in der Schweiz

English title: On the Development of Intergenerational Mobility in Switzerland

Author(s): Ben Jann - Benita Combet -

Language: German

Type: Journal article

Year: 2012


The transmission of social positions from the parents to their children is one of the core Topics in the analysis of social stratification. Despite the widespread interest in studying the mechanisms of social inequality reproduction and notwithstanding a strong international literature, there seems to be only little empirical evidence for Switzerland on the temporal development of effects of social origin. In this paper we therefore provide a systematic analysis of the process of intergenerational status transmission and its development over time, drawing on a total of nineteen datasets and quantifying the effects of social origin based on the concept of proportional reduction of error (PRE). The results reveal declining effects of social origin on education for men and women up until birth cohorts between 1950 and 1960. After that, effects start to rise again. With respect to class we find a similar pattern in the case of women, whereas for men the effects seem to have remained stable. Keywords: inequality, social mobility, intergenerational status transmission, education, class, proportional reduction of error, PRE

Volume: 38

Issue: 2

From page no: 177

To page no: 199

Refereed: Yes


Journal: Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Soziologie