Gender and Race Differences in Intergenerational Mobility Effects: Improved Method and New Evidence

Liying Luo , Pennsylvania State University
John Robert Warren, University of Minnesota

Intergenerational mobility and its consequences on individuals' attitudes, behaviors, and various outcomes have been a central topic in sociological and demographic research. Based on a critical assessment of previous methods that often impose simple yet unrealistic constraints, we propose a new method, called "mobility contrast model", for estimating and examining the effects of intergenerational mobility. This new method is flexible enough to allow an investigation of the heterogeneous effects of mobility between mobile groups depending on their origin and destination status. Using this analytical tool to analyze the data from the General Social Survey 1974-2016, we show important gender and race differences in mobility effects.

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 Presented in Session 57. Consequences of Intergenerational Social and Educational Mobility