Clues of Subjective Social Status Among Young Adults

Citation

Nielsen, François; Micah Roos, J.; & Combs, R. M. (2015). Clues of Subjective Social Status Among Young Adults. Social Science Research. vol. 52 pp. 370-388

Abstract

We investigate determinants of subjective social status (SSS) as measured by respondents placing themselves on a ten-rung ladder from least to most “money”, “education” and “respected job”, in a large sample of young adults. The most potent clues of SSS are proximate in the life course, reflecting educational attainment and current socioeconomic and job situation, rather than distal characteristics such as family background, although relatively distal High school GPA has a lingering effect. Additional analyses reveal that College selectivity has a substantial impact on SSS, net of other variables in the model; Currently married does not significantly contribute to SSS, but contrary to some expectations Number of children significantly lowers SSS. We find no evidence of greater “status borrowing” by women as associations of SSS with shared household characteristics (Household income, Household assets, Home ownership) do not differ by gender. Our findings for these young adults support the conclusion of earlier research that SSS reflects a “cognitive averaging” of standard dimensions of socioeconomic status.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2015.02.006

Keyword(s)

Subjective social status

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Social Science Research

Author(s)

Nielsen, François
Micah Roos, J.
Combs, R. M.

Year Published

2015

Volume Number

52

Pages

370-388

Edition

3/5/2015

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2015.02.006

Reference ID

5551