What Do We Know so Far About Multigenerational Mobility?

25 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2015 Last revised: 31 Mar 2015

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Gary Solon

University of Arizona; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: March 2015

Abstract

“Multigenerational mobility” refers to the associations in socioeconomic status across three or more generations. This article begins by summarizing the longstanding but recently growing empirical literature on multigenerational mobility. It then discusses multiple theoretical interpretations of the empirical patterns, including the one recently proposed in Gregory Clark’s book The Son Also Rises.

Suggested Citation

Solon, Gary, What Do We Know so Far About Multigenerational Mobility? (March 2015). NBER Working Paper No. w21053. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2586906

Gary Solon (Contact Author)

University of Arizona ( email )

Department of Economics
Eller College of Management
Tucson, AZ 85719
United States

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