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 Evolution of Retirement: An American Economic History, 1880-1990 Dora L. Costa

The Evolution of Retirement: An American Economic History, 1880-1990

Author: Dora L. Costa
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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Homophily and Differential Returns: Sex Differences in Network Structure and Access in an Advertising Firm Ibarra, Herminia

Homophily and Differential Returns: Sex Differences in Network Structure and Access in an Advertising Firm

Author: Ibarra, Herminia
Publisher: Administrative Science Quarterly
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Classes Erik Olin Wright

Classes

Author: Erik Olin Wright
Publisher: Verso
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What’s the Matter with What’s the Matter with Kansas? Larry M. Bartels

What’s the Matter with What’s the Matter with Kansas?

Author: Larry M. Bartels
Publisher: Journal of Political Science
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The American Occupational Structure Blau Peter M. and Otis D. Duncan

The American Occupational Structure

Author: Blau Peter M. and Otis D. Duncan
Publisher:
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mobility - CPI Affiliates

Harry B. G. Ganzeboom Professor of Sociology and Social Research Methodology
Free University Amsterdam
Carlos-Antonio-Costa Ribeiro's picture Carlos-Antonio-Costa Ribeiro Professor of Sociology; member of the Interdisciplinary Nucleus of Inequality Studies
Intituto Universitario de Pesquisas do Rio de Janeiro
Yossi Shavit Weinberg Professor of Sociology
Tel Aviv University
Dennis Hogan's picture Dennis Hogan Robert E. Turner Distinguished Professor of Population Studies and Sociology, Emeritus
Brown University

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Mobility - Other Research

Title Author Media
Changes in the Structure of Wages in the 1980’s: An Evaluation of Alternative Explanations John Bound and George Johnson

Changes in the Structure of Wages in the 1980’s: An Evaluation of Alternative Explanations

Author: John Bound and George Johnson
Publisher: American Economic Review
Date:
Classification in Art DiMaggio, Paul

Classification in Art

Author: DiMaggio, Paul
Publisher: American Sociological Review
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The Credential Society: An Historical Sociology of Education and Stratification Randall Collins

The Credential Society: An Historical Sociology of Education and Stratification

Author: Randall Collins
Publisher: Academic Press
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The Winner-Take-All Society Robert H. Frank and Philip J. Cook

The Winner-Take-All Society

Author: Robert H. Frank and Philip J. Cook
Publisher: Penguin Books
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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
Date:

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