Three Generations of Intergenerational Transmission of Neighbourhood Context

    Research output: Working paperDiscussion paperOther research output

    13 Downloads (Pure)

    Abstract

    The literature on intergenerational contextual mobility has shown that neighbourhood status is partly "inherited" from parents to children where children who spend their childhood in deprived neighbourhoods are more likely to live in such neighbourhoods also as adults. It has been suggested that such transmission of neighbourhood status also is relevant from multiple generation approach. To our knowledge, however, this has only been confirmed by simulations and not empirical research. This study uses actual empirical data covering 25 years and the full Swedish population to investigate intergenerational similarities in neighbourhood status of three generations of Swedish women. Findings suggest that the neighbourhood environments of Swedish women are correlated with the neighbourhood statuses of their mothers and, to some extent, grandmothers. We also find an effect of distance where intergenerational transmission is stronger for those remaining close. Whereas women whose mothers and grandmothers live in high-income areas benefit from staying close, women whose mothers and grandmothers live in low-income areas do better if they live further away. These results are robust over two different analytical strategies – comparing neighbourhood status of the three generations at similar ages and at the same point in time – and two different spatial scales. We argue that the finding of such effects in (relatively egalitarian) Sweden implies that similar, and possibly stronger, patterns are likely to exist in other countries as well.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationBonn
    PublisherForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit/ Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
    Number of pages29
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

    Publication series

    NameIZA Discussion Paper No. 11218

    Keywords

    • intergenerational transmission
    • neighbourhood
    • low-income neighbours
    • register data
    • Sweden

    Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Three Generations of Intergenerational Transmission of Neighbourhood Context'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    Hedman, L., van Ham, M., & Tammaru, T. (2017). Three Generations of Intergenerational Transmission of Neighbourhood Context. (IZA Discussion Paper No. 11218). Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit/ Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).