Intergenerational Occupational Mobility And Great Britain And The United States Since 1850 ' By Jason Long And Joseph Ferrie

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Summary of the Paper “Intergenerational Occupational Mobility in Great Britain and the United States Since 1850” by Jason Long and Joseph Ferrie, attempts to answer the question whether the authors can identify, for Britain and the US, historical differences in mobility, particularly intergenerational occupational mobility. In addition, the authors check for sufficiently large differences that explain the differences in labor radicalism between Britain and the US. The authors give a more in depth description of their primary interest, listing them as “(i) assessing the differences in mobility between Britain and the US in the second half of the nineteenth century; (ii) comparing that difference to the difference observed by the 1970s; and (iii) explicitly evaluating the change in mobility within the US from the second half of the nineteenth century to the second half of the twentieth.” A brief analysis of the available data and research into these issues forms the first section of the authors work. The first studies cited used marriage licenses in Britain and the occupational mobility of only Boston in the US. These studies fail to provide a solid measurement because marriage licenses show the current employment of father and son and do not compare what jobs they held at similar points in their life. Studies of the US, such as the Boston study, account for occupational mobility for small areas of the country and do not track any sons that may move outside of city borders.…

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