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Nepotism vs specific skills : the effect of professional liberalization on returns to parental back grounds of italian lawyers

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We study the mechanisms of intergenerational inequality among Italian lawyers over the period 1994- 2014 using a longitudinal dataset that combines administrative and survey data. We first estimate a 17.5% earnings premium for a law family background within the group of lawyers, so conditional on entering the profession. We then exploit the 2003-2006 liberalization process, which asymmetrically affected the two main transmission mechanisms: skill transfer and nepotism. We find that liberalization squeezed the law background return by at least 3/5, thus revealing a high incidence of nepotism. The bulk of the reduction occurred for the youngest lawyers and the top earners. KEY
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hal-03458042 , version 1 (30-11-2021)

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Michele Raitano, Francesco Vona. Nepotism vs specific skills : the effect of professional liberalization on returns to parental back grounds of italian lawyers. 2018. ⟨hal-03458042⟩
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