Another interesting question might be how does the distribution of income
of children of people in these professions vary conditional on whether they
go into their parents line of work controlling for socioeconomic status,
etc. I would gamble there are a disproportionate number of people centered
around their parents profession's wage, with most coming from the lower end
of the income spectrum -- in other words I am speculating that most of the
additional wage from these professions comes from rote training and
experience rather than other factors, although it seems also that the
professions you mention all seem to also be of the "very small business"
type, so the parents business might be an endowment much of which is only
capturable if a child operates it, and as I believe small business
operators are largely male (for whatever reasons, cultural or otherwise),
that might explain some of the gender business, no pun intended.
At 08:56 PM 7/10/2003 -0700, you wrote:
In my informal experience, fathers and sons tend to work together
full-time only in professions with strict licensing or training
requirements. Electricians, lawyers, realtors and even CPAs - I've found
more father/son teams here than in any other type of job. All of those
jobs have fairly rigid prerequisites (electricians have to pass journeyman
and master-level tests; lawyers have the bar and law school, etc). Why is
Also - why is it more often "father/son," and not "mother/daughter" or
"mother/son"? Or "father/daughter"?
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