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

April 17, 201712:00 pm1:30 pm


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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.


Lowell J. Taylor is the H. John Heinz III Professor of Economics at the Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University.  He is also a Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago, where he serves as Principal Investigator of the 1997 National Longitudinal Study of Youth (NLSY97).  Taylor’s research is mostly in labor economics and demography. ?