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
Democracy versus Distinction: A Study of Omnivorousness in Gourmet Food Writing Josee Johnston and Shyon Baumann

Democracy versus Distinction: A Study of Omnivorousness in Gourmet Food Writing

Author: Josee Johnston and Shyon Baumann
Publisher:
Date:
The Old Boy (and Girl) Network: Social Network Formation on University Campuses Adalbert Mayer and Steven L. Puller

The Old Boy (and Girl) Network: Social Network Formation on University Campuses

Author: Adalbert Mayer and Steven L. Puller
Publisher: Journal of Public Economics
Date:
Inequality and Institutions in 20th Century America Frank S. Levy and Temin, Peter

Inequality and Institutions in 20th Century America

Author: Frank S. Levy and Temin, Peter
Publisher: MIT Department of Economics
Date:
Political Power and Social Classes Nicos Poulantzas

Political Power and Social Classes

Author: Nicos Poulantzas
Publisher: Verso
Date:

mobility - CPI Affiliates

Dalton Conley's picture Dalton Conley Henry Putnam University Professor of Sociology; Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
Princeton University
Moshe Semyonov's picture Moshe Semyonov Bernard and Audre Rapoport Chair Professor of the Sociology of Labor, Tel Aviv University; Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Chicago and Tel Aviv University
Nan Dirk De Graaf's picture Nan Dirk De Graaf Professor and Official Fellow, Department of Sociology, Nuffield College
University of Oxford
Dennis Gilbert's picture Dennis Gilbert Professor of Sociology Emeritus; Lecturer in Sociology
Hamilton College
Nan Lin's picture Nan Lin Oscar L. Tang Family Professor of Sociology, Academician, Academia Sinica (Taiwan)
Duke University

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Mobility - Other Research

Title Author Media
Inequality and Growth Revisited Robert Barro

Inequality and Growth Revisited

Author: Robert Barro
Publisher:
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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
Date:
The Theory of the Leisure Class Thorstein Veblen

The Theory of the Leisure Class

Author: Thorstein Veblen
Publisher: Modern Library
Date:
Birth and Fortune: The Impact of Numbers on Personal Welfare Easterlin, Richard

Birth and Fortune: The Impact of Numbers on Personal Welfare

Author: Easterlin, Richard
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Date:
Friends in High Places: The Effects of Social Networks on Discrimination in Salary Negotiations Seidel, Marc-David L., Jeffrey T. Polzer, and...

Friends in High Places: The Effects of Social Networks on Discrimination in Salary Negotiations

Author: Seidel, Marc-David L., Jeffrey T. Polzer, and...
Publisher: Administrative Science Quarterly
Date:

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