Authors: Miles Corak and Patrizio Piraino

Publication: Journal of Labor Economics. vol. 29, no. 1. pp. 37-68

Date: January 2011


We find that about 40% of a cohort of young Canadian men have been employed at some time with an employer for which their father also worked, and 6%–9% have the same employer in adulthood. The intergenerational transmission of employers is positively related to paternal earnings, particularly at the very top of the earnings distribution, and to the presence of self-employment income and the number of employers with which the father has had direct contact. It has an important influence on nonlinear patterns in the intergenerational elasticity of earnings.

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