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
Getting a Job: Is There a Motherhood Penalty? Shelley J. Correll, Stephen Benard, In Paik

Getting a Job: Is There a Motherhood Penalty?

Author: Shelley J. Correll, Stephen Benard, In Paik
Publisher: American Journal of Sociology
Date: 03/2007
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

mobility - CPI Affiliates

Yossi Shavit Weinberg Professor of Sociology
Tel Aviv University
Dennis Hogan's picture Dennis Hogan Robert E. Turner Distinguished Professor of Population Studies and Sociology, Emeritus
Brown University
Donald J. Treiman's picture Donald J. Treiman Distinguished Professor of Sociology Emeritus; Research Professor, UCLA Faculty Associate, California Center for Population Research
University of California , Los Angeles
Fiona Devine's picture Fiona Devine Head of Alliance Manchester Business School; Professor of Sociology
The University of Manchester
Hans-Peter Blossfeld Professor of Sociology
Bamberg University

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Mobility - Other Research

Title Author Media
Differences and Changes in Wage Structures

Differences and Changes in Wage Structures

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Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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Class and Class Conflict in Industrial Society Ralf Dahrendorf

Class and Class Conflict in Industrial Society

Author: Ralf Dahrendorf
Publisher: Stanford University Press
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Gender, Children, and Social Contact: The Effects of Childrearing for Men and Women Munch, Allison, Miller McPherson, and Lynn Smith-...

Gender, Children, and Social Contact: The Effects of Childrearing for Men and Women

Author: Munch, Allison, Miller McPherson, and Lynn Smith-...
Publisher: American Sociology Review
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The Future of Intellectuals and the Rise of the New Class Alvin W. Gouldner

The Future of Intellectuals and the Rise of the New Class

Author: Alvin W. Gouldner
Publisher: Seabury Press
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:
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