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Intra-Generational Mobility 

Social or economic mobility within a single generation.

(Ben Eisen, MPP, 2009)

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Some social scientists study intra-generational mobility as an indicator of the equality of opportunity. These social scientists argue that if large numbers of people are able to move from one economic "class" to another in one country, this may suggest that there is greater equality of opportunity than another in which people tend to remain in the same economic circumstances throughout their lives.

Intra-generational mobility ("within" a generation) is defined as changes in social status over a single life-time. Inter-generational mobility ("across" generations) is defined as changes in social status which occur from the parents' to the children's generation. These definitions are particularly useful when analyzing how social status changes occur from time period to time period, and if a person's parents' influence that person's own social status. (Wiki, “Social mobility")