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 Strength of Weak Ties Granovetter, Mark S.

The Strength of Weak Ties

Author: Granovetter, Mark S.
Publisher: American Journal of Sociology
Date: 05/1973
Compensation Inequality Brooks Pierce

Compensation Inequality

Author: Brooks Pierce
Publisher: Quarterly Journal of Economic
Date:
Earnings Losses of Displaced Workers Jacobson, Louis S., Robert J. Lalonde and Daniel...

Earnings Losses of Displaced Workers

Author: Jacobson, Louis S., Robert J. Lalonde and Daniel...
Publisher: American Economic Review
Date:
Class and Status: The Conceptual Distinction and its Empirical Relevance Wing Chan Tak John H. Goldthorpe

Class and Status: The Conceptual Distinction and its Empirical Relevance

Author: Wing Chan Tak John H. Goldthorpe
Publisher: American Sociological Review
Date:
Resources and Relationships: Social Networks and Mobility in the Workplace Podolny, Joel M. and James N. Baron

Resources and Relationships: Social Networks and Mobility in the Workplace

Author: Podolny, Joel M. and James N. Baron
Publisher: American Sociological Review
Date:

mobility - CPI Affiliates

Leo Goodman's picture Leo Goodman Professor of Sociology and Statistics; Member, National Academy of Sciences
University of California, Berkeley
Leslie McCall's picture Leslie McCall Presidential Professor of Sociology and Political Science; Associate Director, Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality; LIS Senior Scholar
City University of New York
Mariah Debra Ruperti Evans's picture Mariah Debra Ruperti Evans Professor of Sociology
University of Nevada, Reno
Marlis Buchmann Professor, Soziologisches Institut
University of Zurich
Adrian E. Raftery's picture Adrian E. Raftery Professor of Statistics and Sociology
University of Washington

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Mobility - Other Research

Title Author Media
Losers and Winners: The Financial Consequences of Separation and Divorce for Men Patricia A. McManus and Thomas A. DiPrete

Losers and Winners: The Financial Consequences of Separation and Divorce for Men

Author: Patricia A. McManus and Thomas A. DiPrete
Publisher: American Sociological Review
Date:
Job Information Networks, Neighborhood Effects, and Inequality Yannis M. Ioannides and Linda D. Louryi

Job Information Networks, Neighborhood Effects, and Inequality

Author: Yannis M. Ioannides and Linda D. Louryi
Publisher: Journal of Economic Literature
Date:
The Division of Labor in Society Emile Durkheim

The Division of Labor in Society

Author: Emile Durkheim
Publisher: The Free Press
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:
America Unequal Sheldon Danziger and Peter Gottschalk

America Unequal

Author: Sheldon Danziger and Peter Gottschalk
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Date:

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