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
Top Heavy: A Study of the Increasing Inequality of Wealth in America Edward N. Wolff

Top Heavy: A Study of the Increasing Inequality of Wealth in America

Author: Edward N. Wolff
Publisher: The Century Foundation, Inc.
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Changing Highbrow Taste: From Snob to Omnivore Richard A. Peterson and Roger M. Kern

Changing Highbrow Taste: From Snob to Omnivore

Author: Richard A. Peterson and Roger M. Kern
Publisher:
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How do Friendships Form? David Marmaros and Bruce I. Sacerdote

How do Friendships Form?

Author: David Marmaros and Bruce I. Sacerdote
Publisher: Quarterly Journal of Economics
Date:
What's Behind the Rise in Profitability in the US in the 1980s and 1990s? Edward N. Wolff

What's Behind the Rise in Profitability in the US in the 1980s and 1990s?

Author: Edward N. Wolff
Publisher: Cambridge Journal of Economics
Date:
Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life Annette Lareau

Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life

Author: Annette Lareau
Publisher: University of California Press
Date:

mobility - CPI Affiliates

Petr Mateju's picture Petr Mateju Professor
Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Reinhard Pollak's picture Reinhard Pollak Head of the National Educational Panel Study: Vocational Training and Lifelong Learning, Social Science Research Center; Professor of Sociology, Freie Universität Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin
Rick Fantasia's picture Rick Fantasia Barbara Richmond 1940 Professor in the Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology; Director, Kahn Liberal Arts Institute
Smith College
Robert Erikson's picture Robert Erikson Professor, Institute for Social Research
Stockholm University

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Mobility - Other Research

Title Author Media
The Great U-Turn: Corporate Restructuring and the Polarizing of America Bennett Harrison and Barry Bluestone

The Great U-Turn: Corporate Restructuring and the Polarizing of America

Author: Bennett Harrison and Barry Bluestone
Publisher: Basic Books, Inc.
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Marxism and Class Theory: A Bourgeois Critique Frank Parkin

Marxism and Class Theory: A Bourgeois Critique

Author: Frank Parkin
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Date:

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Opportunity and Change David L. Featherman and Robert M. Hauser

Opportunity and Change

Author: David L. Featherman and Robert M. Hauser
Publisher: Academic Press
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Job Information Networks, Neighborhood Effects, and Inequality Yannis M. Ioannides and Linda D. Louryi

Job Information Networks, Neighborhood Effects, and Inequality

Author: Yannis M. Ioannides and Linda D. Louryi
Publisher: Journal of Economic Literature
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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:

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