The Intergenerational Transmission of Employers

51 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2010

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Miles Corak

Statistics Canada; University of Ottawa; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Patrizio Piraino

University of Cape Town - Faculty of Commerce - School of Economics

Abstract

We find that about 40% of a cohort of young Canadian men has been employed with an employer for whom their father also worked; and six to nine percent have the same employer in adulthood. The intergenerational transmission of employers is positively related to paternal earnings, particularly at the very top of the earnings distribution, and to the presence of self-employment income and the number of employers with which the father has had direct contact. It has an important influence in determining nonlinear patterns in the intergenerational elasticity of earnings.

Keywords: intergenerational mobility, job search

JEL Classification: J62, J64

Suggested Citation

Corak, Miles and Piraino, Patrizio, The Intergenerational Transmission of Employers. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4819, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1575852 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1575852

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Patrizio Piraino

University of Cape Town - Faculty of Commerce - School of Economics ( email )

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