I’m going to be offline for a few days, heading over to a conference in Mannheim, Germany, to present a paper on levels and changes in intergenerational inequality in Australia. The paper involves estimating father-son earnings correlations, using occupations as a proxy for earnings. I’ll talk about it more on the blog in a month or so.
There’s a certain irony in this, in that my father is also in the same occupation as me – he’s a political science professor. Moreover, because I don’t want to be away from Gweneth for too long, I’ll be spending just 28 hours in Germany – arriving on Friday morning, and departing on Saturday night. I only know one other academic who does silly things like this: my father. The worst he’s ever done is to fly from Beijing to San Francisco, arrive at 10am, present a paper at Berkeley in the afternoon, and leave for Sydney on the 10pm flight.