Social Mobility

While most social mobility research focuses on the association in socio-economic status between parents and their children, there is rising interest in the extension of social mobility studies to three or more generations. My own multigenerational mobility work draws on detailed socio-economic measures for all respondents of the world’s longest-running, nationally representative panel survey, the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID):

  • Inequality Across Multiple Generations (special issue in Research in Social Stratification and Mobility; table of contents & introduction).
  • Cousin correlations and multigenerational effects in the PSID (in progress)
  • How Rigid is the Wealth Structure and Why? Inter- and Multigenerational Correlations in Wealth (working paper)
  • Is there a multigenerational cycle of poverty? (in progress)

Assessments of the role of education for social mobility processes are a long-standing field of sociological research. Here, I re-assess the role of educational attainment for occupational mobility processes by drawing on new methodological approaches, such as simulations within a log-linear modeling framework.

  • How Has Educational Expansion Shaped Social Mobility Trends in the U.S.? (Social Forces, link)
  • The Land of Opportunity? Trends in Social Mobility and Education in the United States (working paper)
  • Class Mobility and Education in Comparative Perspective¬†¬†(in progress)

For a basic overview of current topics in social mobility research see:

Another line of research focuses on intragenerational mobility processes. Here, I particularly focus on the income and earnings dynamics at the top of the distribution:

  • Affluence Dynamics in the United States (in progress)
  • Affluence Dynamics in Germany (in progress)