Influences of parental occupation on children's occupational choices

Wassiuw Abdul Rahaman, Ibrahim Mohammed, Festus Ebo Turkson, Priscilla Twumasi Baffour (Corresponding Author)

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Purpose: This study examines the relationships between parents' and children's occupations to determine the existence of intergenerational transmission of occupations. Design/methodology/approach: To achieve the purpose of the study, four predominant occupational types based on the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO): agriculture and forestry; services and sales; managerial/administrative; and professional/technical are examined using data from the latest (7th) round of the Ghana Living Standards Survey (GLSS). Two complementary methods involving the correlational analysis and regression-based techniques are used. Findings: The findings indicate the presence of parental influences on children's occupational choices (same-sex and cross-sex) in the Ghanaian labour market, with maternals and same-sector effects having a more substantial influence on children's occupational choices, especially in agriculture and forestry, and services and sales sectors. Research limitations/implications: The lack of panel data in observing children's occupational choices over time makes it challenging to assume direct causation. Originality/value: The study is the first to highlight the relative strengths of paternal influence (father's effect) and maternal impact (mother's effect) on sons' and daughters' occupational choices in Africa. The findings have several implications for intergenerational (im)mobility of occupations including how policymakers can make career guidance more effective. Peer review: The peer-review history for this article is available at:

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1735-1755
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Social Economics
Issue number12
Early online date27 Jun 2023
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Gender
  • Human capital
  • Intergenerational transmission
  • Occupation
  • Socioeconomic status

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • Economics and Econometrics


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