Money Marries Money: Intergenerational Top Income Mobility and Assortative Mating in Denmark

M. Azhar Hussain, Jens Bonke, Martin D. Munk

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Abstract

This paper investigates how assortative mating impacts intergenerational earnings and income mobility among top-income households in Denmark. Using administrative registers allowed us to look at very small fractions of the populations, i.e. dynasties, and to distinguish between sons and daughters and to observe their spouses’ incomes. We find that, in particular, intergenerational income mobility is lower in the top when including capital income in the income measure, with an astonishing elasticity of 0.879 when restricting to rich fathers and their married sons. We also find that the marriage match strongly mediates the income transfer in the top of the income distribution, where a correlation of 0.763 is found between father and mother’s aggregated income and that of their son and daughter-in-law’s aggregated income.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDepartment of Political Science , Aalborg University
ISBN (Electronic)978-87-92174-52-9
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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