What's in a name? Quite a lot it seems

Gregory Clark interviewed by Viv Davies, 4 Apr 2014

Gregory Clark talks to Viv Davies about his new book titled "The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility". Using surname data from eight countries, the study concludes that fate and social status is determined by ancestry and that social mobility rates are lower than conventionally estimated, they do not vary across societies and are resistant to social policies. Effectively, capitalism has not led to pervasive, rapid mobility. The interview was recorded in London in March 2014.


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Clark,G., N Cummins, H Yu, and D Diaz Vidal (2014) The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility, Princeton University Press.



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Topics: Poverty and income inequality
Tags: education, Intergenerational Mobility, social mobility

Where is the land of opportunity? Intergenerational mobility in the US

Raj Chetty, Nathaniel Hendren, Patrick Kline, Emmanuel Saez, 4 February 2014



The US is often hailed as the land of opportunity, a society in which a child's chances of success depend little on her family background. Is this reputation warranted?

Topics: Poverty and income inequality
Tags: Intergenerational Mobility, segregation, US

Parents’ education plays key role in performance of their children

Pedro Carneiro, Costas Meghir, Matthias Parey, 8 October 2007

In the last 50 years, there has been a striking increase in inequality in children’s home environments across families where mothers have different levels of education. Given that the tendency is rooted in the experience of each family, it is difficult for the welfare system to import change and direct interventions require the invasion of family autonomy and privacy.

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Topics: Education, Labour markets
Tags: Child Development, education, family economics, Intergenerational Mobility

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