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
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
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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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Inequality, Income Growth, and Mobility: The Basic Facts Peter Gottschalk

Inequality, Income Growth, and Mobility: The Basic Facts

Author: Peter Gottschalk
Publisher: Journal of Economic Perspectives
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Networks in the Modern Economy: Mexican Migrants in the U.S. Labor Market Kaivan Munshi

Networks in the Modern Economy: Mexican Migrants in the U.S. Labor Market

Author: Kaivan Munshi
Publisher: Quarterly Journal of Economics
Date:
Does Marriage Really Make Men More Productive? Korenman, Sanders, and David Neumark

Does Marriage Really Make Men More Productive?

Author: Korenman, Sanders, and David Neumark
Publisher: Journal of Human Resources
Date:

Mobility - CPI Affiliates

Vered Kraus Professor University of Haifa
Walter Korpi Professor Swedish Institute for Social Research
Yossi Shavit Professor Tel Aviv University

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Mobility - Other Research

Title Author Media
Wealth in America Lisa A. Keister

Wealth in America

Author: Lisa A. Keister
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Rise of 401(k) plans, lifetime earnings, and wealth at retirement James Poterba, Joshua Rauh, Steven Venti, and...

Rise of 401(k) plans, lifetime earnings, and wealth at retirement

Author: James Poterba, Joshua Rauh, Steven Venti, and...
Publisher: National Bureau of Economic Research
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Creating Networks for Survival and Mobility: Social Capital among African-American and Latin-American Low-income Mothers Silvia Dominguez and Celeste Watkins

Creating Networks for Survival and Mobility: Social Capital among African-American and Latin-American Low-income Mothers

Author: Silvia Dominguez and Celeste Watkins
Publisher: Social Problems
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The Time Divide: Work, Family, and Gender Inequality Jerry A. Jacobs and Kathleen Gerson

The Time Divide: Work, Family, and Gender Inequality

Author: Jerry A. Jacobs and Kathleen Gerson
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Date:
The Shadow of Exploitation in Weber's Class Analysis Erik O. Wright

The Shadow of Exploitation in Weber's Class Analysis

Author: Erik O. Wright
Publisher: American Sociological Review
Date:

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