English title: Trends in intergenerational social mobility in Switzerland

Author(s): Falcon Julie -

Language: English

Type: Conference paper/poster

Year: 2011

Abstract

While there has been extensive research into the degree of change over time in intergenerational social mobility in many industrialised countries, to date little research has been carried out on this issue in Switzerland. Therefore, the central question addressed in this presentation is to what extent the influence of social origin on life chances has changed over time for both men and women in Switzerland. In order to capture this change, absolute and relative intergenerational social mobility of eight different birth-cohorts, covering most of the entire twentieth century, is analysed using a unique collection of twelve Swiss national population sample surveys gathered between 1975 and 20091. The main results show that social mobility has remained constant across cohorts born in 1912 and those born in 1974, suggesting that the trend of no change in social fluidity observed in many industrialised countries also holds in Switzerland.

Conference name: European Consortium in Sociological Reserch

Location: University College Dublin

Start date: Dec 14, 2011

Type: Paper