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Lecture 8


How does intergenerational mobility differ between and within countries?

How should we interpret these differences?

Our study of the economic theory used to model intergenerational mobility gives us a framework to begin to address these questions. What does the empirical literature have to say about geographic variation? This is the major challenge you have in this lecture, a discussion that started with our introduction of the Great Gatsby Curve which involved differences between countries.

To ask the same question we posed in our study of differences through times: what are the challenges we face in bringing together our empirical insights with our theoretical understanding to draw conclusions for public policy? In addition, one must wonder if some cross-country comparisons are more informative for public policy than others. We also explore this them by making both a between and a within country comparison of Canada and the United States.

Download the Lecture 8 slides.

Chetty, Raj, Nathaniel Hendren, Patrick Kline, and Emmanuel Saez (2014). “Where is the Land of Opportunity? The Geography of Intergenerational Mobility in the United States.Quarterly Journal of Economics. 129 (4): 1553–1623.

Connolly, Marie, Miles Corak, and Catherine Haeck (forthcoming). “Intergenerational Mobility between and within Canada and the United States.”