What Do We Know so Far About Multigenerational Mobility?

13 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2018

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Gary Solon

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

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Date Written: July 2018


‘Multigenerational mobility’ refers to the associations in socio‐economic status across three or more generations. This article begins by summarising the long‐standing 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.

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Solon, Gary, What Do We Know so Far About Multigenerational Mobility? (July 2018). The Economic Journal, Vol. 128, Issue 612, pp. F340-F352, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3208999 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12495

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