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
Cross-Country Differences in Intergenerational Earnings Mobility Gary Solon

Cross-Country Differences in Intergenerational Earnings Mobility

Author: Gary Solon
Publisher: Journal of Economic Perspectives
Date: 07/2002
Why Do Some Occupations Pay More Than Others? Kim A. Weeden

Why Do Some Occupations Pay More Than Others?

Author: Kim A. Weeden
Publisher: American Journal of Sociology
Date: 07/2002
Sifting and Sorting: Personal Contacts and Hiring in a Retail Bank Fernandez, Roberto M., Nancy Weinberg

Sifting and Sorting: Personal Contacts and Hiring in a Retail Bank

Author: Fernandez, Roberto M., Nancy Weinberg
Publisher: American Sociological Review
Date: 12/1997
Getting a Job Mark Granovetter

Getting a Job

Author: Mark Granovetter
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Date: 03/1995
Intergenerational Income Mobility in the United States Solon, Gary

Intergenerational Income Mobility in the United States

Author: Solon, Gary
Publisher: American Economic Review
Date: 06/1992

Mobility - CPI Affiliates

Nan Dirk De Graaf Professor Radboud University, Nijmegen
Nan Lin Oscar L. Tang Family Professor of Sociology; Academician, Academia Sinica (Taiwan) Duke University
Petr Mateju Professor Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Reinhard Pollak Scientific Co-worker (wissenschaflticher Mitarbeiter) University of Mannheim
Rick Fantasia Professor of Sociology; Director, Kahn Liberal Arts Institute Smith College

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Mobility - Other Research

Title Author Media
Losers and Winners: The Financial Consequences of Separation and Divorce for Men Patricia A. McManus and Thomas A. DiPrete

Losers and Winners: The Financial Consequences of Separation and Divorce for Men

Author: Patricia A. McManus and Thomas A. DiPrete
Publisher: American Sociological Review
Date:
Is Inequality Harmful for Growth? Torsten, Persson and Guido Tabellini

Is Inequality Harmful for Growth?

Author: Torsten, Persson and Guido Tabellini
Publisher: American Economic Review
Date:
Wage and Productivity Dispersion in United States Manufacturing: The Role of Computer Investment Timothy Dunne, Lucia Foster, John Haltiwanger,...

Wage and Productivity Dispersion in United States Manufacturing: The Role of Computer Investment

Author: Timothy Dunne, Lucia Foster, John Haltiwanger,...
Publisher: Journal of Labor Economics
Date:
Investment in Human Capital and Personal Income Distribution Mincer, Jacob.

Investment in Human Capital and Personal Income Distribution

Author: Mincer, Jacob.
Publisher: Journal of Political Economy
Date:
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community Putnam, Robert D.

Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community

Author: Putnam, Robert D.
Publisher: New York: Simon and Schuster
Date:

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