chapter  11
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Reproduction of economic inequalities

Economists’ interest in the reproduction of inequality focuses on earnings and income rather than occupational class or occupational status. They focus on the association between the earnings (or income) of the parental generation and that of their adult children. Sociologists have in general not contributed to this research literature. This is particularly surprising, given the body of research on the reproduction of educational and occupational inequalities, the literature on occupational mobility, and inconsistencies between the intergenerational income literature and the sociological literature. However, some sociologists have expressed doubts about the high intergenerational correlation observed in the US (Beller and Hout 2006; Hauser 2010).