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Economic History Workshop - Social Mobility in the Long Run: A Temporal Analysis of China from 1300 to 1900 Economic History Workshop - Social Mobility in the Long Run: A Temporal Analysis of China from 1300 to 1900

Economic History Workshop - Social Mobility in the Long Run: A Temporal Analysis of China from 1300 to 1900

Date: Monday, May 27, 2019 12:30 - 14:00 Add to Calendar
Venue: Asia Global Institute, MB 328, 3/F Main Building, HKU
Speaker(s): Carol H. Shiue
Social Mobility | Economic History Workshop Series invites researchers in the field of economic history to present their research on various regions. These workshops are organized by Asia Global Institute and Faculty of Business and Economics of HKU.
Abstract

Does inequality within the family play a significant role in explaining mobility patterns from one generation to the next? Carol Shiue of University of Colorado exploits temporal changes in mobility over approximately 20 generations and six centuries to shed light on the sources of social mobility. Socioeconomic data on status and links at the individual level come from historical biographies of seven extended families (dynasties as based on the male surname) who lived in one region in China. Her analysis documents a trend towards greater social mobility over time. Times of greater inequality between fathers, especially educational inequality, are times of lower social mobility. Moreover, geographic location strengthens the role of inequality for social mobility. Decomposing inequality into between versus within-dynasty components, however, shows that not all inequality is associated with persistence. While inequality between dynasties is conducive to persistence, inequality within the dynasty is associated with higher mobility, and this is true both upward and downward. Furthermore, among members of even closer kin in the dynasty, the positive relationship of inequality and mobility is stronger still. Her findings are robust to alternative measures of mobility, inequality, and definitions of status. 

About the Speaker(s)
Carol H. Shiue

Carol H. Shiue

Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Colorado

Asia Global Institute

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