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Katie M. Jajtner

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Center for Demography of Health and Aging
1180 Observatory Dr. Rm. 4408
Madison, WI 53706

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Institutional Affiliation: University of Wisconsin - Madison

NBER Working Papers and Publications

November 2019Intergenerational Health Mobility: Magnitudes and Importance of Schools and Place
with Jason Fletcher: w26442
Nascent research suggests intergenerational health mobility may be relatively high and non-genetic factors may make room for policy intervention. This project broadens this direction by considering heterogeneous intergenerational health mobility in spatial and contextual patterns. With 14,797 parent-child pairs from a school-based representative panel survey of adolescents (Add Health), this study finds large spatial variation in intergenerational health mobility in the United States. On average relative mobility in this sample is approximately 0.17 and expected health rank for children of parents at the 25th percentile of parent health is 47. These metrics however mask substantial spatial heterogeneity. In cases of low health mobility, rank-rank slopes can approach 0.5 or expected child h...
 
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