Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Institute for Futures Studies

No 2009:17: Social mobilitet och yrkestillfredsställelse - spelar mamma och pappa någon roll?

Susanne Alm ()
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Susanne Alm: Institute for Futures Studies, Postal: Institute for Futures Studies, Box 591, SE-101 31 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: In this paper the relationship between intergenerational social mobility and occupational satisfaction is being explored, using data from The Stockholm Birth Cohort Study (SBC). The study tests a hypothesis according to which individuals, when as adults evaluating their occupational status, tend to compare themselves to their parents. No support is found for this perspective. Instead the differences in occupational satisfaction that exist can be explained by occupational status at time of interview, regardless of class of origin. Generally the level of occupational satisfaction among the respondents is very high – only some 12 percent state that they wish to radically change their occupational status.

Keywords: intergenerational social mobility; occupational satisfaction; instrumental attitude towards work; aspirations; rational choice

JEL-codes: J24; J26; J62

15 pages, December 8, 2009

Price: 25 SEK

Note: ISSN: 1652-120X ISBN: 978-91-85619-56-6

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