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
Approaches to Class Analysis

Approaches to Class Analysis

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Luxury Fever: Why Money Fails to Satisfy in an Era of Excess Robert H Frank

Luxury Fever: Why Money Fails to Satisfy in an Era of Excess

Author: Robert H Frank
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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Economic Growth and Income Inequality Kuznets, Simon

Economic Growth and Income Inequality

Author: Kuznets, Simon
Publisher: American Economic Review
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The Evolution of Retirement: An American Economic History, 1880-1990 Dora L. Costa

The Evolution of Retirement: An American Economic History, 1880-1990

Author: Dora L. Costa
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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Homophily and Differential Returns: Sex Differences in Network Structure and Access in an Advertising Firm Ibarra, Herminia

Homophily and Differential Returns: Sex Differences in Network Structure and Access in an Advertising Firm

Author: Ibarra, Herminia
Publisher: Administrative Science Quarterly
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mobility - CPI Affiliates

Petr Mateju's picture Petr Mateju Professor
Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Reinhard Pollak's picture Reinhard Pollak Head of the National Educational Panel Study: Vocational Training and Lifelong Learning, Social Science Research Center; Professor of Sociology, Freie Universität Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin
Rick Fantasia's picture Rick Fantasia Barbara Richmond 1940 Professor in the Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology; Director, Kahn Liberal Arts Institute
Smith College
Robert Erikson's picture Robert Erikson Professor, Institute for Social Research
Stockholm University
Ruud Luijkx's picture Ruud Luijkx Associate Professor of Sociology
Tilburg University

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Mobility - Other Research

Title Author Media
Money, Morals, and Manners: The Culture of the French and the American Upper-Middle Class Michele Lamont

Money, Morals, and Manners: The Culture of the French and the American Upper-Middle Class

Author: Michele Lamont
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
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Income Inequality in the United States, 1913-2002 Thomas Piketty and Emanuel Saez

Income Inequality in the United States, 1913-2002

Author: Thomas Piketty and Emanuel Saez
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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The System of Professions Andrew Abbott

The System of Professions

Author: Andrew Abbott
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
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Creating Networks for Survival and Mobility: Social Capital among African-American and Latin-American Low-income Mothers Silvia Dominguez and Celeste Watkins

Creating Networks for Survival and Mobility: Social Capital among African-American and Latin-American Low-income Mothers

Author: Silvia Dominguez and Celeste Watkins
Publisher: Social Problems
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Uneven Tides: Rising Inequality in America

Uneven Tides: Rising Inequality in America

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Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation
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