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Intergenerational Transmission of Human Capital: Evidence From the Golden Era of Upward Mobility

  • IRLE 2521 Channing Way Berkeley, CA, 94704 United States (map)

Lowell Taylor, Professor of Economics at Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University

The first half of the twentieth century witnessed an extraordinary expansion of educational opportunity in the U.S. Professor Taylor will explore intergenerational links in educational outcomes during this golden age of upward mobility, using household data from the 1940s. His research shows that for white, black, Chinese, and Japanese Americans, social mobility was especially high in Pacific states and especially low in southern ones. And for children with poorly educated parents – but not for those with well-educated parents – upward mobility was intimately linked to the local resources devoted to public education.