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
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
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
What Money Can't Buy Susan E. Mayer

What Money Can't Buy

Author: Susan E. Mayer
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Date:
Network Effects and Welfare Cultures Marianne Bertrand, Erzo Luttmer, and Sendhil...

Network Effects and Welfare Cultures

Author: Marianne Bertrand, Erzo Luttmer, and Sendhil...
Publisher: Quarterly Journal of Economics
Date:
Recent Trends in the Size Distribution of Household Wealth Edward N. Wolff

Recent Trends in the Size Distribution of Household Wealth

Author: Edward N. Wolff
Publisher: Journal of Economic Perspectives
Date:

mobility - CPI Affiliates

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
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
Date:
Class, Status, and Power: Social Stratification in Comparative Perspective Reinhard Bendix, Seymour Martin Lipset

Class, Status, and Power: Social Stratification in Comparative Perspective

Author: Reinhard Bendix, Seymour Martin Lipset
Publisher: Routledge & Kegan Paul
Date:
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
Date:
The Constant Flux: A Study of Class Mobility in Industrial Societies Erikson, Robert and John H. Goldthrope

The Constant Flux: A Study of Class Mobility in Industrial Societies

Author: Erikson, Robert and John H. Goldthrope
Publisher: Clarendon Press
Date:
Opportunity and Change David L. Featherman and Robert M. Hauser

Opportunity and Change

Author: David L. Featherman and Robert M. Hauser
Publisher: Academic Press
Date:

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