There is a growing public perception that intergenerational income mobility – a child’s chance of moving up in the income distribution relative to her parents – is declining in the United States. We present new evidence on trends in intergenerational mobility in the U.S. using de-identified administrative earnings records. These data have less measurement error and much larger sample sizes than previous survey- based studies and thus yield more precise estimates of intergenerational mobility over time.
Source: Harvard University/University of California-Berkeley
Link to site with papers, maps and data: Equality of Opportunity Project