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8th Welfare State Enquiry


WWWforEurope at the 8th Welfare State Enquiry

Conference topic: Social mobility and income disparity

Vienna, Austria, 27 October, 2014

The Main Association of Austrian Social Security Institutions held its 8th Welfare State Enquiry on October 27, 2014. This year's topic was "Social mobility and income disparity".

Karl Aiginger, director of the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) and co-ordinator of the WWWforEurope project held the keynote, in which he spoke on the immense importance of the interface between the economy and society. He suggested fighting income disparities before they come into existence, by improving eduactional opportunities, stopping transference of income disparities between generations and mobilising persons who have made a bad start in life with an active social system.

WWWforEurope researcher Wilfried Altzinger, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), presented WWWforEurope Policy Paper No. 11, "Gender and migration background in intergenerational education mobility", which he co-authored with Alyssa Schneebaum and Bernhard Rumplmaier, both also from WU.

They found that the educational attainment of girls and migrants relative to their parents is less mobile than for boys and non-migrants. Further, the immobility of educational attainment is increased by the intersection of these identities: migrant girls are the least educationally mobile group and are especially likely to follow their mothers’ educational footsteps, while non-migrant boys are the most mobile, especially compared to their mothers.


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undefinedRead more about the 8th Welfare State Enquiry (in German)