Decomposing economic mobility transition matrices

Richey, Jeremiah and Rosburg, Alicia (2015): Decomposing economic mobility transition matrices. Abstract

The intergenerational mobility literature has consistently found that the distribution of adult economic outcomes differ markedly depending on parental economic status, yet much remains to be understood about the drivers or determinants of this relationship. Existing literature on potential drivers focuses primarily on mean effects. To help provide a more complete picture of the potential forces driving economic persistence, we propose a method to decompose transition matrices and related indices. Specifically, we decompose differences between an estimated transition matrix and a benchmark transition matrix into portions attributable […]