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
The American Occupational Structure Blau Peter M. and Otis D. Duncan

The American Occupational Structure

Author: Blau Peter M. and Otis D. Duncan
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Social Networks and Labor-Market Outcomes: Toward an Economic Analysis Montgomery. James D.

Social Networks and Labor-Market Outcomes: Toward an Economic Analysis

Author: Montgomery. James D.
Publisher: American Economic Review
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Structural Holes Ronald S. Burt

Structural Holes

Author: Ronald S. Burt
Publisher: Harvard University Press
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The New Geography of Global Income Inequality Glenn Firebaugh

The New Geography of Global Income Inequality

Author: Glenn Firebaugh
Publisher: Harvard University Press
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Are All the Good Men Married? Uncovering the Sources of the Marital Wage Premium Kate Antonovics and Robert Town

Are All the Good Men Married? Uncovering the Sources of the Marital Wage Premium

Author: Kate Antonovics and Robert Town
Publisher: American Economic Review
Date:

mobility - CPI Affiliates

Dennis Hogan's picture Dennis Hogan Robert E. Turner Distinguished Professor of Population Studies and Sociology, Emeritus
Brown University
Yossi Shavit Weinberg Professor of Sociology
Tel Aviv 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

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Mobility - Other Research

Title Author Media
Birth and Fortune: The Impact of Numbers on Personal Welfare Easterlin, Richard

Birth and Fortune: The Impact of Numbers on Personal Welfare

Author: Easterlin, Richard
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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The Constant Flux: A Study of Class Mobility in Industrial Societies Erikson, Robert and John H. Goldthrope

The Constant Flux: A Study of Class Mobility in Industrial Societies

Author: Erikson, Robert and John H. Goldthrope
Publisher: Clarendon Press
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Job Displacement and Social Participation over the Lifecourse: Findings for a Cohort of Joiners Jennie E. Brand and Sarah A. Burgard

Job Displacement and Social Participation over the Lifecourse: Findings for a Cohort of Joiners

Author: Jennie E. Brand and Sarah A. Burgard
Publisher: Social Forces
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Class, Status, Party Max Weber

Class, Status, Party

Author: Max Weber
Publisher: Routledge
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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
Date:

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