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
Sifting and Sorting: Personal Contacts and Hiring in a Retail Bank Fernandez, Roberto M., Nancy Weinberg

Sifting and Sorting: Personal Contacts and Hiring in a Retail Bank

Author: Fernandez, Roberto M., Nancy Weinberg
Publisher: American Sociological Review
Date: 12/1997
Getting a Job Mark Granovetter

Getting a Job

Author: Mark Granovetter
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Date: 03/1995
Intergenerational Income Mobility in the United States Solon, Gary

Intergenerational Income Mobility in the United States

Author: Solon, Gary
Publisher: American Economic Review
Date: 06/1992
Economic Action and Social Structure Granovetter, Mark S.

Economic Action and Social Structure

Author: Granovetter, Mark S.
Publisher: American Journal of Sociology
Date: 03/1985
Comparative Social Mobility Revisited: Models of Convergence and Divergence in 16 Countries David B. Grusky , Robert M. Hauser

Comparative Social Mobility Revisited: Models of Convergence and Divergence in 16 Countries

Author: David B. Grusky , Robert M. Hauser
Publisher:
Date: 02/1984

mobility - CPI Affiliates

Ineke Maas's picture Ineke Maas Associate Professor of Sociology; Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, VU University Amsterdam
Utrecht University
Ira I. Katznelson's picture Ira I. Katznelson Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History
Columbia University
Jan O. Jonsson's picture Jan O. Jonsson Official Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University
Oxford University
Jennie Brand Professor of Sociology and Statistics
UCLA
John Goldthorpe's picture John Goldthorpe Emeritus Fellow, Sociology
Nuffield College

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Mobility - Other Research

Title Author Media
America Unequal Sheldon Danziger and Peter Gottschalk

America Unequal

Author: Sheldon Danziger and Peter Gottschalk
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Date:
Wage Inequality and the Rise in Returns to Skill Chinhui Juhn, Kevin M. Murphy and Brooks Pierce

Wage Inequality and the Rise in Returns to Skill

Author: Chinhui Juhn, Kevin M. Murphy and Brooks Pierce
Publisher: Journal of Political Economy
Date:
Intergenerational Consequences of Family Disruption McLanahan, Sara and Larry Bumpass

Intergenerational Consequences of Family Disruption

Author: McLanahan, Sara and Larry Bumpass
Publisher: American Journal of Sociology
Date:
The Making of the New English Working Class E.P. Thompson

The Making of the New English Working Class

Author: E.P. Thompson
Publisher: Vintage Books
Date:
Cohabitation and the Declining Marriage Premium for Men Philip N. Cohen

Cohabitation and the Declining Marriage Premium for Men

Author: Philip N. Cohen
Publisher: Work and Occupations
Date:

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