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 Structure from Multiple Networks White, Harrison C.

Social Structure from Multiple Networks

Author: White, Harrison C.
Publisher: American Journal of Sociology
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Network Effects and Welfare Cultures Marianne Bertrand, Erzo Luttmer, and Sendhil...

Network Effects and Welfare Cultures

Author: Marianne Bertrand, Erzo Luttmer, and Sendhil...
Publisher: Quarterly Journal of Economics
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What Money Can't Buy Susan E. Mayer

What Money Can't Buy

Author: Susan E. Mayer
Publisher: Harvard University Press
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Recent Trends in the Size Distribution of Household Wealth Edward N. Wolff

Recent Trends in the Size Distribution of Household Wealth

Author: Edward N. Wolff
Publisher: Journal of Economic Perspectives
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Human Capital, Effort and the Sexual Division of Labor Becker, Gary S.

Human Capital, Effort and the Sexual Division of Labor

Author: Becker, Gary S.
Publisher: Journal of Labor Economics
Date:

mobility - CPI Affiliates

Hans-Peter Blossfeld's picture Hans-Peter Blossfeld Professor of Sociology
Bamberg University
Henryk Domanski's picture Henryk Domanski Professor, Director, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology
Polish Academy of Sciences
Hiroshi Ishida's picture Hiroshi Ishida Professor of Sociology, Institute of Social Sciences
University of Tokyo

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Mobility - Other Research

Title Author Media
Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste Pierre Bourdieu

Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste

Author: Pierre Bourdieu
Publisher: Harvard University Press
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Social Resources and Strength of Ties: Structural Factors in Occupational Status Attainment Lin, Nan, Walter M. Ensel, and John C. Vaughn

Social Resources and Strength of Ties: Structural Factors in Occupational Status Attainment

Author: Lin, Nan, Walter M. Ensel, and John C. Vaughn
Publisher: American Sociological Review
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Changes in Relative Wages, 1963-1987: Supply and Demand Factors Lawrence F. Katz and Murphy Katz

Changes in Relative Wages, 1963-1987: Supply and Demand Factors

Author: Lawrence F. Katz and Murphy Katz
Publisher: Quarterly Journal of Economics
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Neighbors as Negatives: Relative Earnings and Well-Being Erzo F. P. Luttmer

Neighbors as Negatives: Relative Earnings and Well-Being

Author: Erzo F. P. Luttmer
Publisher:
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Welfare Regimes, Family-Supportive Policies, and Women’s Employment along the Life-Course Stier, Haya Stier, Noah Lewin-Epstein and Michael...

Welfare Regimes, Family-Supportive Policies, and Women’s Employment along the Life-Course

Author: Stier, Haya Stier, Noah Lewin-Epstein and Michael...
Publisher: American Journal of Sociology
Date:

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