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
Democracy versus Distinction: A Study of Omnivorousness in Gourmet Food Writing Josee Johnston and Shyon Baumann

Democracy versus Distinction: A Study of Omnivorousness in Gourmet Food Writing

Author: Josee Johnston and Shyon Baumann
Publisher:
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The Old Boy (and Girl) Network: Social Network Formation on University Campuses Adalbert Mayer and Steven L. Puller

The Old Boy (and Girl) Network: Social Network Formation on University Campuses

Author: Adalbert Mayer and Steven L. Puller
Publisher: Journal of Public Economics
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Inequality and Institutions in 20th Century America Frank S. Levy and Temin, Peter

Inequality and Institutions in 20th Century America

Author: Frank S. Levy and Temin, Peter
Publisher: MIT Department of Economics
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Political Power and Social Classes Nicos Poulantzas

Political Power and Social Classes

Author: Nicos Poulantzas
Publisher: Verso
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Approaches to Class Analysis

Approaches to Class Analysis

Author:
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date:

mobility - CPI Affiliates

Nathaniel Hendren's picture Nathaniel Hendren Assistant Professor of Economics
Harvard University
Scott Eliason's picture Scott Eliason Associate Professor
University of Minnesota
Stefan Svallfors's picture Stefan Svallfors Professor of Sociology; Chairman of Social Welfare Research; Professor in Sociology, Södertörn University; Research Director, Institute for Futures Studies
Umea University
Tak Wing Chan's picture Tak Wing Chan Professor of Quantitative Social Science
UCL Institute of Education

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Mobility - Other Research

Title Author Media
Life Course Risks, Mobility Regimes, and Mobility Consequences: A Comparison of Sweden, Germany, and the U.S. Thomas A. DiPrete

Life Course Risks, Mobility Regimes, and Mobility Consequences: A Comparison of Sweden, Germany, and the U.S.

Author: Thomas A. DiPrete
Publisher: American Journal of Sociology
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Labor Market Institutions and the Distribution of Wages, 1973-1992: A Semiparametric Approach John DiNardo, Nicole M. Fortin and Thomas Lemieux

Labor Market Institutions and the Distribution of Wages, 1973-1992: A Semiparametric Approach

Author: John DiNardo, Nicole M. Fortin and Thomas Lemieux
Publisher: Econometrica
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The Class Structure of the Advanced Societies Anthony Giddens

The Class Structure of the Advanced Societies

Author: Anthony Giddens
Publisher: Hutchinson & Co.
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Cross-National Comparisons of Earning and Income Inequality Gottschalk, Peter, and Timothy Smeeding

Cross-National Comparisons of Earning and Income Inequality

Author: Gottschalk, Peter, and Timothy Smeeding
Publisher: Journal of Economic Literature
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False Promises: The Shaping of American Working Class Consciousness Stanley Aronowitz

False Promises: The Shaping of American Working Class Consciousness

Author: Stanley Aronowitz
Publisher: Duke University Press
Date:

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