Intergenerational mobility in a recession: Evidence from Sweden

Published: 03 September 2021
Author: Martin Nybom, And Jan Stuhler, And

We use complete-count register data to describe various features of intergenerational mobility in Sweden. First, we document the extent of regional variation in educational and income mobility across Swedish municipalities, and describe its spatial pattern. Second, we study the stability of such regional rankings to the choice of mobility statistic. Third, we show that income inequality and mobility are negatively related, across all mobility measures. Fourth, we exploit variation in local exposure to show that the 1990s economic crisis and the 2007-2008 fi nancial crisis had a negative e ffect on income mobility.

JEL Codes: J62, R00
Keywords: The geography of intergenerational mobility, multigenerational mobility, income inequality, recession


IFAU Working paper 2021:11 is written by Martin Nybom and Jan Stuhler. For further information, please contact Martin Nybom at; or +46 (0)70-688 06 36.