Intergenerational mobility in the Nordic countries: How, when and why?

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This research project asks why Nordic countries are among the most socially mobile industrialised societies in the world and how they became such. Many commentators and researchers have argued that the rise of the welfare state - particularly the democratisation of the education system and the increases in tax progressivity - gave rise to high levels of intergenerational mobility in these countries. We provide a rigorous analysis of this hypothesis. The aim is three-fold:

1) Present detailed evidence on the development of social mobility in Finalnd ancountries over the 20th century and a broader documentation for the very long-term (starting from the early 1700s)

2) Estimate the causal effects of education and tax policies implemented in the 1930s and 1940s on intergenerational mobility.

3) Build a theoretical framework that can be used to analyse the dynamics of intergenerational mobility as a response to alternative policies
Short titleSA/Terviö
Effective start/end date01/09/201531/08/2019