Estimating selection effects in occupational mobility in a 19th- century city

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Abstract

This study examines the relationship between the processes of occupational mobility and persistence. Using manuscript census data from Indianapolis, 1850-1860, I assess the importance of selection effects on the likelihood of upward or downward mobility and on the socioeconomic status achieved by 1860, relative to 1850 origin status. Mobility and persistence were modeled as joint outcomes influenced by a common set of "unobserved' variables. The analysis of Indianapolis data shows that the sorting processes of occupational mobility and nonpersistence were affected by a similar set of observed characteristics, but that unmeasured variables exerted no net effects. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)834-843
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican sociological review
Volume54
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

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