Social Mobility

  • Gary Solon
  • Raj Chetty
  • Florencia Torche

Leaders: Raj Chetty, Gary Solon, Florencia Torche

The purpose of the Social Mobility RG is to develop and exploit new administrative sources for measuring mobility and the effects of policy on mobility out of poverty. This research group is doing so by (a) providing comprehensive analyses of intergenerational mobility based on linked administrative data from U.S. tax returns, W-2s, and other sources, and (b) developing a new infrastructure for monitoring social mobility, dubbed the American Opportunity Study, that is based on linking census and other administrative data. Here’s a sampling of projects:

Small place estimates: The Equal Opportunity Project, led by Raj Chetty, uses tax return data to monitor opportunities for mobility out of poverty. In one of the new lines of analysis coming out of this project, the first round of results at the level of “commuting zones” are being redone at a more detailed level (e.g., census block level), thus allowing for even better inferences about the effects of place.

The American Opportunity Study: This research group is also collaborating with the Census Bureau to develop a new infrastructure for monitoring mobility that treats linked decennial census data as the spine on which other administrative data are hung.

Colleges and rising income inequality: Where do poor children go to attend college? The “Mobility Report Card” will convey the joint distribution of parent and student incomes for every Title IV institution in the United States.

The “absolute mobility” of the poor: What fraction of poor children grow up to earn more than their parents? Have rates of absolute upward mobility changed over time? This project develops a new method of estimating rates of absolute mobility for the 1940-1984 birth cohorts.

Intergenerational elasticities in the U.S.: There remains some debate about the size of intergenerational elasticities in the U.S. A rarely-used sample of 1987 tax data provides new evidence on U.S. elasticities.

Mobility - CPI Research

Title Author Media
Social Class and Earnings Inequality Kim A. Weeden, Young-Mi Kim, Matthew Di Carlo, David B. Grusky

Social Class and Earnings Inequality

Author: Kim A. Weeden, Young-Mi Kim, Matthew Di Carlo, David B. Grusky
Publisher: American Behavioral Scientist
Date: 01/2007
Life-Cycle Variation in the Association between Current and Lifetime Earnings Steven Haider , Gary Solon

Life-Cycle Variation in the Association between Current and Lifetime Earnings

Author: Steven Haider , Gary Solon
Publisher: National Bureau of Economic Research
Date: 09/2005
The Impact of Social Structure on Economic Outcomes Mark S. Granovetter

The Impact of Social Structure on Economic Outcomes

Author: Mark S. Granovetter
Publisher: Journal of Economic Perspectives
Date: 01/2005
Recent Trends in the Inheritance of Poverty and Family Structure Kelly Musick, Robert D. Mare

Recent Trends in the Inheritance of Poverty and Family Structure

Author: Kelly Musick, Robert D. Mare
Publisher: Social Science Research
Date: 01/2004
Social Capital and the Wages of Mexican Migrants: New Hypotheses and Tests Michael B. Aguilera , Douglas S. Massey

Social Capital and the Wages of Mexican Migrants: New Hypotheses and Tests

Author: Michael B. Aguilera , Douglas S. Massey
Publisher: Social Forces
Date: 12/2003

mobility - CPI Affiliates

Karl Ulrich Mayer's picture Karl Ulrich Mayer Stanley B. Resor Professor Emeritus of Sociology; Professor, Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS); Director Emeritus, Max Planck Institute of Human Development
Yale University
Leo Goodman's picture Leo Goodman Professor of Sociology and Statistics; Member, National Academy of Sciences
University of California, Berkeley
Leslie McCall's picture Leslie McCall Presidential Professor of Sociology and Political Science; Associate Director, Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality; LIS Senior Scholar
City University of New York
Mariah Debra Ruperti Evans's picture Mariah Debra Ruperti Evans Professor of Sociology
University of Nevada, Reno
Marlis Buchmann's picture Marlis Buchmann Professor, Soziologisches Institut
University of Zurich

Pages

Mobility - Other Research

Title Author Media
Classes in Contemporary Capitalism Nicos Poulantzas

Classes in Contemporary Capitalism

Author: Nicos Poulantzas
Publisher: Schocken Books
Date:
Developments in the Measurement of Subjective Well-Being Daniel Kahneman and Alan Krueger

Developments in the Measurement of Subjective Well-Being

Author: Daniel Kahneman and Alan Krueger
Publisher:
Date:
Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century Harry Braverman

Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century

Author: Harry Braverman
Publisher: Monthly Review Press
Date:
Structural Determinants of Men's and Women's Personal Networks Moore, Gwen

Structural Determinants of Men's and Women's Personal Networks

Author: Moore, Gwen
Publisher: American Sociological Review
Date:
Race, Kin Networks, and Assistance to Mother-Headed Families Hogan, Dennis P., Ling-Xin Hao, and William L....

Race, Kin Networks, and Assistance to Mother-Headed Families

Author: Hogan, Dennis P., Ling-Xin Hao, and William L....
Publisher: Social Forces
Date:

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