This article explores the consequences of intergenerational social mobility on perceptions of popular explanations of poverty. It is hypothesised that those who experience improvements in socio-economic status through social mobility are more likely to blame poverty on individual characteristics such as laziness and lack of willpower and are less likely to attribute failure to injustice in society, and on the macro-level, the effect of social mobility on perceptions of popular explanations of poverty is moderated by contextual environment. The described hypotheses are tested by using multinomial and multilevel logistic regressions and two complementary datasets—European Values Studies and the Life in Transition Survey. The derived findings suggest that social mobility is indeed associated with perceptions of individual blame and social blame of why some people are in need. However, these effects are manifested primarily among subjectively mobile individuals and are also conditioned by the legacy of socialism and the level of economic development of countries where individuals reside.

Intergenerational social mobility, Social justice, Subjective mobility, Poverty explanations, Fairness, Multilevel analysis,
Social Justice Research

Gugushvili, A. (2016). Intergenerational Social Mobility and Popular Explanations of Poverty: A Comparative Perspective. Social Justice Research, 29(4), 402–428. doi:10.1007/s11211-016-0275-9