1945

Stratification of occupations and households

Average household income is greatly influenced by the occupation of the main breadwinner. Indeed, the stratification of households by per capita income closely matches the stratification by occupation of the main breadwinner. To overcome the limitations that the income of the main breadwinner places on household living standards, particularly in the middle and lower strata, around half of the households in these strata have more than one member who is active in the labour market. When the occupational income of the main breadwinner is inadequate, increasing occupational density is usually an effective way for a household to avoid or reduce the severity of poverty or to improve its prospects of social mobility.

Related Subject(s): Economic and Social Development
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