Intergenerational Mobility in the Life Course and the Role of the Public Sector as Mobility Channel

Becker, Rolf (1994). Intergenerational Mobility in the Life Course and the Role of the Public Sector as Mobility Channel. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, 46(4), pp. 597-618. Springer VS

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Intergenerational mobility of men and women in the cohorts 1929-31, 1939-41 and 1949-51 are analyzed from the life course perspective. How did the expansion of the public sector influence mobility chances? Has the public sector expanded its function as mobility channel? Do the specific institutional arrangements for recruitment and allocation of manpower in the public sector modify this function? For the empirical analysis, the data set of the German Life History Study (Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin) is used. This data set includes longitudinal information about the life course of 2,171 German men and women in three birth cohorts. The effects of social origin and education have increased across cohorts and determine outcomes of social mobility. The expansion of the public sector has led to an increase of upward mobility of occupational beginners having access to the state sector. However, there are no sector specific differences in the likelihood of upward mobility in the career. Individuals working in the public sector have a low risk of downward mobility. The state sector has become more important as a mobility channel for occupational beginners and guarantees the status of their employees. Therefore, the public sector is also responsible for social inequality.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Education > Sociology of Education

UniBE Contributor:

Becker, Rolf

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

0023-2653

Publisher:

Springer VS

Language:

German

Submitter:

Rolf Becker

Date Deposited:

31 Jul 2014 11:02

Last Modified:

31 Jul 2014 11:02

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/44597

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