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What Do We Know So Far about Multigenerational Mobility?

Gary Solon

NBER Working Paper No. 21053
Issued in March 2015
NBER Program(s):Children, Development of the American Economy, Labor Studies

“Multigenerational mobility” refers to the associations in socioeconomic status across three or more generations. This article begins by summarizing the longstanding but recently growing empirical literature on multigenerational mobility. It then discusses multiple theoretical interpretations of the empirical patterns, including the one recently proposed in Gregory Clark’s book The Son Also Rises.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w21053

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