Trends in Inequality of Career Trajectory in Japan

Satoshi Miwa

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This paper studies trends in intergenerational social mobility using growth curve modeling. The main research questions are to describe the characteristics of early career trajectory among Japanese men, and also to examine the cohort change in association between career trajectory and class origin. With data from four national representing surveys, two-level hierarchical nested dataset consisted of the person-year work history data file and individual data file is set up. The author conducts multilevel logistic regression analysis which is well-adapted to hierarchical structured datasets. The results indicate that, the change in reproduction of upper non-manual class can not be shown, while reproduction of self employed class demonstrate an upward trend. These findings suggest that we should pay attention to local structure in social mobility as well as overall structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-40
Number of pages18
JournalSociological Theory and Methods
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Career trajectory
  • Growth curve model
  • Intergenerational mobility
  • Multilevel analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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