Black–White Differences in Intergenerational Economic Mobility in the United States

18 Pages Posted: 9 May 2014  

Bhashkar Mazumder

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Date Written: April 8, 2014

Abstract

In recent decades, blacks have experienced substantially less upward mobility and substantially more downward mobility from one generation to the next than whites. These results are shown to be highly robust to a variety of measurement issues. The author examines rates of intergenerational mobility by race and asks whether such racial differences in the U.S. are likely to be eliminated and, if so, how long it might take.

Keywords: intergenerational mobility, racial gaps, family structure, AFQT

JEL Classification: J62, J15, J12, J24

Suggested Citation

Mazumder, Bhashkar, Black–White Differences in Intergenerational Economic Mobility in the United States (April 8, 2014). Economic Perspectives, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 1, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2434178

Bhashkar Mazumder (Contact Author)

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago ( email )

230 South LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60604
United States

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