New Research Finds Regional Stark Differences in Upward Mobility

A new report, authored by Harvard professors Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren and IRLE affiliated faculty members Emmanuel Saez and Patrick Kline, assesses regional disparities in the rate at which children rise out of poverty. This wide-ranging study compares metropolitan regions by several factors, including earning records, family income, and children’s income when they reach the age of 30. The results show substantial variation in mobility among regions. Notably, San Jose and Jose and San Francisco have the highest rate of upward mobility, from the lowest income bracket to higher brackets.

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Research Project URL: http://www.equality-of-opportunity.org