Quotation Schwarz, Anna-Magdalena. 2019. Explaining Perceptions of Intergenerational Mobility in Austria: The Role of Information, Experience and Reference Groups. Masterarbeit, WU Wien.


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This thesis studies determinants of intergenerational mobility perceptions in Austria. The following research questions - can they be changed exogenously and do personal subjective mobility experiences and reference groups affect the forming of those perceptions? - are answered using an online survey conducted in Austria. First, using a randomized information treatment, I find evidence that these perceptions can be changed exogenously. Especially the effect on perceptions of income quintile persistence, i.e., rich children staying rich and vice versa for poor children, proves strong and robust. However, the demand for redistribution changes disproportionally little in turn. Second, two chan- nels that shape these intergenerational mobility perceptions can be identified. Individuals who think they experienced upward mobility themselves believe significantly more in intergenerational mobility opportunities. However, no sig- nificant difference was found between people who think they experienced no or downward intergenerational mobility. Third, belonging to a reference group, which is constructed based on objective characteristics such as age, education, and urbanisation, in which relatively more upward mobility was subjectively experienced causes people to be more optimistic as well. The opposite holds for reference groups, where the subjective downward mobility experience is high

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Master thesis
Language English
Title Explaining Perceptions of Intergenerational Mobility in Austria: The Role of Information, Experience and Reference Groups
Academic institution WU Wien
Year 2019
JEL D63, D72, D83, D91, H24, J62

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Schwarz, Anna-Magdalena (Details)
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Department of Economics (Sausgruber) (Details)
Department of Economics (PhD) (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5325 Political economics (Details)
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