In this study we assess the relationship between father and son earnings among (West) German Workers. To reduce the lifecycle and attenuation bias a novel sampling procedure is developed and applied to the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) 1984-2006. Our preferred point estimate indicates that about 1/3 of the earnings di erential in the labor market has been passed on from the generation of fathers to their sons.

Eisenhauer, Philipp and Friedhelm Pfeiffer (2008), Assessing Intergenerational Earnings Persistence Among German Workers, Journal of Labour Market Research 2&3, 119-137.


Eisenhauer, Philipp
Pfeiffer, Friedhelm


Intergenerational Mobility, Lifecycle, Permanent Earnings, Wages