Disadvantage across the Generations: What Do We Know about Social and Economic Mobility in Australia?

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  • DEBORAH COBB-CLARK

    1. Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Vic., Australia and Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn, Germany
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  •  The data used for this research come from the Youth in Focus Project, which is jointly funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and the Australian Research Council (Grant Number LP0347164) and carried out by the Australian National University (ANU).

Deborah Cobb-Clark, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, Level 7, Alan Gilbert Building, 161 Barry St., University of Melbourne, Parkville, Vic. 3010, Australia. Email: d.cobb-clark@unimelb.edu.au

Abstract

This paper begins by considering the Australian evidence on intergenerational social and economic mobility in the context of the international literature. Recent evidence from the Youth in Focus project is used to highlight the effects of growing up in socio-economic disadvantage on a range of outcomes for young Australians.

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