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On square ordinal contingency tables: a comparison of social class and income mobility for the same individuals

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Square contingency tables with matching ordinal rows and columns arise in particular as empirical transition matrices and the paper considers these in the context of social class and income mobility tables. Such tables relate the socio-economic position of parents to the socio-economic position of their child in adulthood. The level of association between parental and child socio-economic position is taken as a measure of mobility. Several approaches to analysis are described and illustrated by UK data in which interest focuses on comparisons of social class and income mobility tables that are derived from the same individuals. Account is taken of the use of the same individuals in the two tables. Additionally comparisons over time are considered.

Keywords: Global odds ratio; Income mobility; Local odds ratio; Poisson sampling model; Social class mobility; Transition matrix

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Nuffield College, Oxford, UK 2: China Merchant Securities Co Ltd, Shenzhen, People's Republic of China

Publication date: April 1, 2009


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