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Upward Social Mobility, Well-being and Political Preferences: Evidence from the BHPS

By Andrew Clark


The paper uses 15 waves of BHPS data to provide an integrated analysis of the roles of both individual social status and upward mobility relative to own parents on job and life satisfaction, preferences for redistribution, pro-public sector attitudes and voting. Both greater individual social status and greater mobility with respect to parents are associated with higher levels of satisfaction. However, this symmetric effect disappears for political preferences. While greater social status is associated with less favourable attitudes to redistribution and the public sector, greater upward mobility is associated with more Leftwing attitudes. These attitudes translate into actual reported voting behaviour. Upwards social mobility produces satisfied Left-wingers

Topics: Social Mobility, Satisfaction, Redistribution, Inequality, Voting. JEL classification, A14, C25, D31, D63, J28, J62
Year: 2009
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