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Education and Intergenerational Social Mobility in Europe and the United States$
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Richard Breen and Walter Müller

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781503610163

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503610163.001.0001

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The Role of Education in the Social Mobility of Dutch Cohorts, 1908–74

The Role of Education in the Social Mobility of Dutch Cohorts, 1908–74

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(p.173) Chapter Eight The Role of Education in the Social Mobility of Dutch Cohorts, 1908–74
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Education and Intergenerational Social Mobility in Europe and the United States
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Richard Breen

Ruud Luijkx

Eline Berkers

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503610163.003.0008

The Netherlands is well known for a sustained and marked trend towards greater social fluidity during the twentieth century. This chapter investigates trends in mobility across birth cohorts of Dutch men and women born in the first three-quarters of the twentieth century. During this time there was also a rapid upgrading of the Dutch class structure and marked expansion of the educational. But education played only a limited role in driving the increase in social fluidity: rather it was due mostly to the growing shares of people from nonservice-class origins who lacked a tertiary qualification but nevertheless moved into service-class destinations. An oversupply of service-class positions, relative to the share of people with a tertiary qualification, allowed less-qualified men and women from less-advantaged class backgrounds to be upwardly mobile.

Keywords:   Dutch exceptionalism, social mobility, intergenerational class mobility, educational expansion, educational inequality, qualification inflation

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