Social mobility in Sweden 1954

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Gösta Carlsson - Lund University, Department of Sociology


The sample was drawn by means of the central population register (CPR) of Statistics Sweden. CPR contains basic demographic and social data on every individual born on the 15th of any month, any year, and irrespective of place of birth or place of residence. Thus CPR forms, in effect, a 3.3 probability sample of the entire Swedish population. From CPR were drawn all men born in any of the years 1899, 1902, 1905, and so on, down to and including 1923. Thus there are nine birth cohorts, spaced with three-year intervals. Information about occupation in the present (son's) generation was taken from CPR. The method for gathering information on occupation in the previous (father's) generation was a different one. In CPR parish of birth (if in Sweden) and date of birth is always stated. Consequently every person can be located in the copies of the parish birth registers filed in Stockholm, and in these registers the father's occupation is stated (if the father is known). Other data collected from the CPR: place of birth and current place of residence, marital status, age of the parents, and informati

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Lund University

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Department of Sociology

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Geographic location: Sweden

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Social and occupational mobility (CESSDA Topic Classification)
Social Sciences, Sociology (The Swedish standard of fields of research 2011)


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Carlsson, G. (1958) Social mobility and class structure. Lund: Gleerups.
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Erikson, R. (1983) Changes in Social Mobility in Industrial Nations: the Case of Sweden. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 2.
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Social mobility in Sweden 1954

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Gösta Carlsson. Lund University (2007). Social mobility in Sweden 1954. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0.

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Gösta Carlsson - Lund University, Department of Sociology



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Published: 1988-01-01
Last updated: 2019-02-06