Effects of Family and Community Background on Men's Economic Status

26 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2004

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Mary Corcoran

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Roger H. Gordon

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Department of Economics; Harvard University - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Deborah Laren

Independent

Gary Solon

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

Date Written: March 1989

Abstract

This study uses intergenerational data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics to investigate the effects of family and community background on men's economic status. It is distinguished from most previous studies by its emphasis on community influences and on influences from poverty and welfare use. Also, our parental characteristics data are more comprehensive and accurate than those of many earlier studies. We find substantial disadvantages in economic status for black men, men from lower-income families, and men from more welfare-dependent families or communities. Otherwise, we do not find much evidence of community influences. This, however, might be due to the grossness of the geographic detail at which our community variables are measured.

Suggested Citation

Corcoran, Mary E. and Gordon, Roger H. and Laren, Deborah and Solon, Gary, Effects of Family and Community Background on Men's Economic Status (March 1989). NBER Working Paper No. w2896. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=459415

Mary E. Corcoran (Contact Author)

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Roger H. Gordon

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Deborah Laren

Independent

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Gary Solon

University of Arizona ( email )

Department of Economics
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United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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