Replication data for: In the Name of the Son (and the Daughter): Intergenerational Mobility in the United States, 1850-1940

M. Daniele Paserman & Claudia Olivetti
This paper estimates historical intergenerational elasticities between fathers and children of both sexes in the United States using a novel empirical strategy. The key insight of our approach is that the information about socioeconomic status conveyed by first names can be used to create pseudo-links across generations. We find that both father-son and father-daughter elasticities were flat during the nineteenth century, increased sharply between 1900 and 1920, and declined slightly thereafter. We discuss the role...
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