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

Raj Chetty, Nathaniel Hendren, Patrick Kline, Emmanuel Saez, 4 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?

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

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.

Topics: Politics and economics
Tags: development, ethnic fractionalisation, segregation

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.

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

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