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
Toward a Sounder Basis for Class Analysis Aage B. Sørensen

Toward a Sounder Basis for Class Analysis

Author: Aage B. Sørensen
Publisher: American Journal of Sociology
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The Death of Class Jan Pakulski and Malcolm Waters

The Death of Class

Author: Jan Pakulski and Malcolm Waters
Publisher: Sage Publications, Ltd.
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Neighborhood Institutions as Resource Brokers: Childcare Centers, Interorganizational Ties, and Resource Access among the Poor Mario L. Small

Neighborhood Institutions as Resource Brokers: Childcare Centers, Interorganizational Ties, and Resource Access among the Poor

Author: Mario L. Small
Publisher: Social Problems
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The Affluent Society John Kenneth Galbraith

The Affluent Society

Author: John Kenneth Galbraith
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
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Corporate Ownership and Control: The Large Corporation and the Capitalist Class Maurice Zeitlin

Corporate Ownership and Control: The Large Corporation and the Capitalist Class

Author: Maurice Zeitlin
Publisher: American Journal of Sociology
Date:

Mobility - Other Research

Title Author Media
Wage and Productivity Dispersion in United States Manufacturing: The Role of Computer Investment Timothy Dunne, Lucia Foster, John Haltiwanger,...

Wage and Productivity Dispersion in United States Manufacturing: The Role of Computer Investment

Author: Timothy Dunne, Lucia Foster, John Haltiwanger,...
Publisher: Journal of Labor Economics
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Alienation and Social Class Karl Marx

Alienation and Social Class

Author: Karl Marx
Publisher: Westview Press
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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
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Classification in Art DiMaggio, Paul

Classification in Art

Author: DiMaggio, Paul
Publisher: American Sociological Review
Date:
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:

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