Huh. Neat read. I'm gonna have to pick up "The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility."
I do wonder about the connection between surname and status. It makes absolute sense on the surface, especially as applied way back in the day--19th century and before. They did dig into that problem..
Also,In China, there are only about 4,000 surnames; the 100 most common are held by nearly 85 percent of the population. Yet we were able to identify 13 rare surnames that were exceptionally overrepresented among successful candidates in imperial examinations in the 19th century.
I'm fucked.To a striking extent, your overall life chances can be predicted not just from your parents’ status but also from your great-great-great-grandparents’. The recent study suggests that 10 percent of variation in income can be predicted based on your parents’ earnings.
Does this imply that individuals have no control over their life outcomes? No. In modern meritocratic societies, success still depends on individual effort. Our findings suggest, however, that the compulsion to strive, the talent to prosper and the ability to overcome failure are strongly inherited.