Abstract

Falcon, J. (2012). Temporal trends in intergenerational social mobility in Switzerland: a cohort study of men and women born between 1912 and 1974Swiss Journal of Sociology 38(2): 153-175

The central question addressed in this paper is to what extent the influence of social origin on life chances has changed over time for both men and women. In order to capture this change, intergenerational social mobility of eight different birth-cohorts, covering most of the entire twentieth century, is analysed using a unique collection of twelve Swiss national population sample surveys. The main results show that social mobility has remained constant across cohorts born in 1912 and those born in 1974. This suggests that unlike some other industrialised countries, inequality based on social origin is persistent in Switzerland.

Keywords: Social mobility, stratification, inequality, change, gender