The Geography of Family Differences and Intergenerational Mobility

April 18, 2017

The Geography of Family Differences and Intergenerational Mobility

Authors

 

 A recent series of studies by the Equality of Opportunity Project has documented substantial geographical differences in intergenerational income mobility. These spatial differences are important because they suggest that place matters more than previously thought in determining economic well-being. In this paper, we show that family characteristics vary widely across areas and simulations indicate that differences these family characteristics can explain a substantial share of the variation in intergenerational income mobility across places documented by the Equality of the Opportunity Project. Additionally, we show that the characteristics of families that move differ substantially from families that do not move, which raise doubts about the external validity of causal inferences based on the Equality of Opportunity Project’s analysis of movers.


Download

(.PDF 1.09 MB)

Research Area: Social Policy & Economic Policy

Policy Initiative: none

Share: