Researchers find economic mobility is restricted by family background


In a study published in collaboration with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Stanford researchers showed that economic mobility is much more restricted by one’s family background than previously thought. The paper was released on July 8, and its authors included Pablo Mitnik, research associate at the Stanford Center on Poverty & Inequality, and David Grusky, Stanford professor of sociology and director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality.

“The research that we report, which addresses some of the methodological complications that have beset this earlier research, suggests that the intergenerational elasticity is at the high end of the existing range […]