Isabel Martínez: “Intergenerational Mobility Along Multiple Dimensions: Evidence from Switzerland"

SEP 30, 2021 | 4:00 PM TO 5:30 PM





September 30, 2021: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM




Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC)



We document intergenerational mobility in Switzerland along several dimensions. Using two large administrative datasets matched to census and survey data, which link i) the universe of labor incomes since 1981 and ii) income and wealth tax returns over generations, allows us to study the intergenerational correlation of income, education, and wealth, as well as other outcomes such as employment probabilities of mothers given parental working histories. First results show that income mobility in Switzerland is higher than in the U.S. or Sweden. We shed light on heterogeneity at the local level and across subgroups, such as immigrants.

Isabel Z. Martínez is a Senior Researcher at the KOF Swiss Economic Institute at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich), Switzerland. Isabel Z. Martínez’ research concentrates on inequality, the distribution of income and wealth, and the different ways people respond to taxes. Currently, she studies intergenerational mobility, as well as inheritances and inter-vivos gifts and how they influence inequality. Her work, which is mainly empirical, has a strong policy focus and she makes regular media contributions. Upon completion of her PhD at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) in 2016, she held Postdoc positions in Luxembourg and St. Gallen. From fall 2017 until spring 2020, she worked as economist at the Swiss Federation of Trade Unions. Since 2018, she serves as a member of the Swiss Competition Commission (ComCo). Isabel Z. Martínez is a CEPR Research Affiliate and a Fellow of the World Inequality Database Project (WID.World), and she has been listed among the 20 most influential economists in Switzerland in the NZZ Economist Ranking. Her work has been published in leading academic journals, including the American Economic Review and the Review of Economics and Statistics.

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