This database (GDIM) contains estimates of absolute and relative intergenerational mobility (IGM) by 10-year cohorts born between 1940 and 1990. For example, the generation born between 1980 and 1990 are referred to as the 1980s cohort, and parents refer to the parents of the generation of individuals of this cohort. Estimates of IGM are available for different choices of parental educational attainment (Mothers/Fathers/Average/Max) and child’s educational attainment (Sons/Daughters/All, individuals of the surveys). This allows us, for instance, to explore the relationship of mother to daughter IGM.
The GDIM is presented and analyzed in the World Bank research paper “Intergenerational Mobility around the World”. Preliminary findings are featured in the World Bank report titled Fair Progress?: Economic Mobility across Generations around the World. The GDIM description provides detailed documentation on the database.
GDIM dataset – 2021 September (CSV file, 3.1 mb)
Description of GDIM dataset – 2021 September (PDF file, 0.8 mb)
How to cite this database?
Users should refer to the database as the GDIM (Global Database on Intergenerational Mobility) and cite the database as “GDIM. 2020. Global Database on Intergenerational Mobility. Development Research Group, World Bank. Washington, D.C.: World Bank Group.”
Users should also cite the paper: “van der Weide, Roy; Lakner, Christoph; Mahler, Daniel Gerszon; Narayan, Ambar; Ramasubbaiah, Rakesh. 2021. Intergenerational Mobility around the World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 9707: https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/35827”