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WWWforEurope at the NOeG Conference 2014


WWWforEurope Special Session at the Annual Meeting of the Austrian Economic Association (NOeG)

Conference topic: Economics of Inequality

Vienna, Austria, 30-31 May 2014

Programme Detailed Programme (PDF link)

WWWforEurope Special Session: Intergenerational Mobility and Economics of Well-Being

When Parental Background Matters: The Intergenerational Mobility and Assimilation of Italian Immigrants in Germany - Guido Neidhöfer, FU Berlin

Bayesian Estimation of Parental Earnings and Intergenerational Income Persistence - Stefan Humer, WU Vienna

Temporary Job Position and Life Satisfaction under Different Institutional Contexts.
Analysis for Western and Eastern Europe
- Ekaterina Selezneva, IOS Regensburg

Determinants and Distribution of Subjective Wellbeing in Austria - Franz Eiffe, WU Vienna

Intergenerational Educational Persistence in Europe - Alyssa Schneebaum, WU Vienna

There were five papers presented at the special WWW session at the NOeG conference, dealing with well-being and intergenerational mobility across Europe.

Stefan Humer showed that across Europe, descendants’ earnings are positively correlated with the financial standing of their parents, meaning that there was evidence for intergenerational persistence in income.

Similarly but on a more focused scale, Guido Niedhöfer presented work testing the integration of Italian immigrants into Germany, which found that second-generation immigrants were not any more or less likely to have educational opportunities compared to native Germans.

Ekaterina Selezneva showed the importance of job security in subjective well-being in all of Europe, where having short-term working contracts was less harmful to well-being in countries with a more protected labor market and for individuals with higher education. Franz Eiffe did a similar analysis for just Austria, finding that education and health were the best predictors of well-being.

Finally, Alyssa Schneebaum presented work on the persistence of educational attainment across generations in Europe, finding that the Nordic countries have the least persistence and the Southern countries have the most, and that women are more dependent of the educational outcomes of their mothers, and sons more on the outcomes of their fathers.

Members of the WWWforEurope Scientific Board taking part in the conference:

Can We Reduce Income Inequality? - Sir Anthony B. Atkinson, Nuffield College, Oxford

Income Inequality from a Lifetime Perspective - Giacomo Corneo, Freie Universität Berlin

Inequality - A European Comparative Perspective. Panel Discussion with Giacomo Corneo, FU Berlin; Anthony Atkinson, Nuffield College, Oxford; Janneke Plantenga, Utrecht University School of Economics; Michael Förster, OECD; Peter Mooslechner, Oesterreichische Nationalbank