Getting stuck in the status quo ante: Evidence from the Egyptian Economy. A new GLO Discussion Paper by GLO Fellows Ömer Tuğsal Doruk & Francesco Pastore.

A new GLO Discussion Paper suggests that occupational mobility across generations is low in Egypt.

GLO Discussion Paper No. 1018, 2022

Getting stuck in the status quo ante: Evidence from the Egyptian Economy Download PDF
by Doruka, Ömer Tuğsal & Pastore, Francesco

GLO Fellows Ömer Tuğsal Doruk & Francesco Pastore

Author Abstract: In this study, for the first time, to our knowledge, we use the propensity score matching algorithm to estimate the probability to remain ‘stuck in the status-quo ante’ across generations in Egypt. We use repeated cross-sectional data relative to a 20-year period from 1998 to 2018 to build transition matrices of intergenerational occupational mobility. The findings of the econometric analysis hint at a low degree of occupational mobility, with children of fathers in the agricultural sector or holding a blue- or white-collar job remaining linked to the profession of their fathers in most cases and experiencing only rarely upward mobility from agricultural to blue- and white-collar jobs.

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