Surnames and social status in Spain

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dc.contributor.author Collado, M. Dolores
dc.contributor.author Ortu帽o, Ignacio
dc.contributor.author Romeu, A.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-21T15:41:43Z
dc.date.available 2009-10-21T15:41:43Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitation Investigaciones Econ贸micas (2008), 32(3), 259-287
dc.identifier.issn 0210-1521
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10016/5514
dc.description.abstract We study the information contained in surnames on the socioeconomic status of people in Spain. We find that people bearing uncommon surnames tend to enjoy a higher socioeconomic status than people bearing more common surnames. This bias is statistically very significant and robust to di􀀞erent measures of socioeconomic status, and it holds at the national aggregate level as well as at the regional level. The paper o􀀞ers an explanation of a significant part of such bias as being generated by a signaling behavior by successful dynasties and a low degree of social mobility.
dc.description.abstract En este trabajo se estudia la informaci贸n contenida en los apellidos sobre la categor铆a socioecon贸mica de la poblaci贸n en Espa帽a. Encontramos que las personas con apellidos poco frecuentes tienden a tener un nivel socioecon贸mico mayor que las personas con apellidos m谩s comunes. Este sesgo es estad铆sticamente muy significativo y robusto ante cambios en la manera de medir la categor铆a socioecon贸mica, y se observa tanto a nivel nacional como a nivel regional. Se ofrece una explicaci贸n de una parte importante de ese sesgo basada en un comportamiento se帽alizador de las dinast铆as con 茅xito junto a un bajo nivel de movilidad social.
dc.description.sponsorship The first author thanks the Spanish Ministry of Education (grant SEJ2005- 02829/ECON) for financial support. Ortu帽o-Ort铆n gratefully acknowledges the support of the Spanish Ministry of Education (grant SEJ2004-00968) and Fundaci贸n BBVA. Romeu is grateful to Fundaci贸n BBVA, Ministry of Education (grant SEJ2006-15172) and Fundaci贸n Seneca 03024/PHCS/05
dc.format.extent 29 p.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Fundaci贸n Empresa P煤blica (Fundaci贸n SEPI)
dc.subject.other Surnames
dc.subject.other Socioeconomic status
dc.subject.other Apellidos
dc.subject.other Nivel socioecon贸mico
dc.title Surnames and social status in Spain
dc.type article
dc.type.review PeerReviewed
dc.description.status Publicado
dc.relation.publisherversion http://www.fundacionsepi.es/revistas/paperArchive/Sep2008/v32i3a1.pdf
dc.subject.eciencia Econom铆a
dc.rights.accessRights openAccess
dc.identifier.publicationfirstpage 259
dc.identifier.publicationissue 3
dc.identifier.publicationissue 287
dc.identifier.publicationtitle Investigaciones Econ贸micas
dc.identifier.publicationvolume 32
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