Le statut social de vos ancêtres laisse des traces (même après 600 ans)

J’imagine qu’il faudrait lire l’étude au complet, mais ce que je comprends de l’abstract, c’est que selon cette étude italienne, les richesses de vos ancêtres peuvent avoir des répercussions 600 ans plus tard.

We examine intergenerational mobility in the very long run, across generations that are six centuries apart. We exploit a unique dataset containing detailed information at the individual level for all people living in the Italian city of Florence in 1427. These individuals have been associated, using their surnames, with their pseudo-descendants living in Florence in 2011. We find that long-run earnings elasticity is about 0.04; we also find an even stronger role for real wealth inheritance and evidence of persistence in belonging to certain elite occupations. Our results are confirmed when we account for the quality of the pseudo-links and when we address the potential selectivity bias behind the matching process. Finally, we frame our results within the existing evidence and argue that the quasi-immobility of preindustrial society and the existence of multigenerational effects might explain the long-lasting effects of ancestors’ socioeconomic status.

Intergenerational Mobility in the Very Long Run: Florence 1427–2011

Tant pis pour la méritocratie.

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