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Title:The Geography of Family Differences and Intergenerational Mobility
Author(s):Kaestner, Robert; Gallagher, Ryan; Persky, Joseph
Subject(s):family, intergenerational, mobility, geography, documented, income
Abstract: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.
Issue Date:2017-04-18
Publisher:Institute of Government & Public Affairs
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-08-02

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