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Recent Trends in Intergenerational Occupational Class Reproduction in the Netherlands 1970–99

Harry B. G. Ganzeboom and Ruud Luijkx

in Social Mobility in Europe

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780199258451
Published online November 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601491 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199258457.003.0014
 Recent Trends in Intergenerational Occupational Class Reproduction in the Netherlands 1970–99

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The Netherlands has moved from being a comparatively closed society in the 1950s towards a relatively open one around 2000. Analysing occupational class mobility for men and for women in the labour force between 1970 and 1999 on the basis of 35 surveys, a clear downward trend in total social reproduction is found for men (–1.6% per year) and for women (–1.1%). No convincing evidence of a trend reversal has been found. This general trend towards more social fluidity is also replicated in the partial analysis, where the trends towards more openness do not only apply to the ascriptive parts of the status attainment patterns (fathers promoting their children’s educational and occupational outcomes directly), but also to the achievement part (the partial association between education and occupation). The last finding contradicts common theories. A possible explanation is that, over time, educational credentials have lost some of their discriminatory power.

Keywords: educational attainment; scaled association models; social fluidity; social mobility; status attainment; the Netherlands; uniform difference models

Chapter.  13144 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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