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

Raj Chetty, Nathaniel Hendren, Patrick Kline, Emmanuel Saez 04 February 2014

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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? An extensive empirical literature on intergenerational mobility, reviewed by Solon (1999), Grawe and Mulligan (2002), and Black and Devereux (2011), has compared mobility across countries and have found that relative mobility is lower in the US than in other developed countries. In new research (Chetty et al.

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Topics:  Poverty and income inequality

Tags:  US, Intergenerational Mobility, segregation

Segregation and the quality of government

Alberto Alesina, Ekaterina Zhuravskaya 15 September 2008

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Racial, ethnic, and religious tensions are common around the world. Some states collapse under their weight; in less extreme cases, states’ functions are negatively affected. Economists have recognised the importance of this factor in explaining poor economic policymaking, low quality of government, and delays in development. For instance, a widely accepted explanation of Sub Saharan states’ failures is the linguistic and ethnic fragmentation of many countries of this region (Easterly and Levine 1997).

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Topics:  Politics and economics

Tags:  development, segregation, ethnic fractionalisation

Guess who’s your co-author today? Economic models of sorting and segregation

Antonio Cabrales, Yves Zenou 26 March 2008

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One of the (many) reasons why the Nobel laureate Thomas Schelling became famous was his analysis of sorting and segregation. He showed that differences in tastes about the kinds of people with whom one wanted to interact would lead to intensely segregated social environments. This would be true even if most people were actually rather (although not fully) tolerant about the diversity they would accept in their social medium.

Figure 1. Segregation

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Topics:  Education

Tags:  academic research, segregation, scientific collaborations, economic model

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