Jason Beckfield: “Rising inequality is not balanced by intergenerational mobility”

Jason Beckfield, our associate director and Harvard sociologist, COMMENTS on a study that documents intergenerational social mobility over the past 165 years, applauding the study’s strengths (e.g., differentiating between relative and absolute mobility; large amount of data) and outlining some of its limits (e.g., ethnicity and gender are weak spots in population composition; lack of … Continue reading “Jason Beckfield: “Rising inequality is not balanced by intergenerational mobility””

Looking beyond poverty: impact of “toxic” neighborhood environments on social mobility

Harvard Pop Center faculty member Robert J. Sampson is co-author of a paper published in PNAS that has found that a harsh neighborhood environment—high in violence, incarceration and lead levels—is linked with lowered social mobility later in life, after accounting for concentrated poverty and racial composition. Robert Manduca is also a co-author on the paper. … Continue reading “Looking beyond poverty: impact of “toxic” neighborhood environments on social mobility”

Persistent, intergenerational racial wealth gap clearly illustrated via animated data visualization

Harvard Pop Center faculty member Sasha Killewald, and co-author Fabian T. Pfeffer have published an article in Socius that leverages animated graphics fueled by JavaScript to creatively illustrate a racial (black vs. white) wealth gap. Findings suggest that both the starting point of past generations, along with “continued institutionalized discrimination,” contribute to this inequality. The … Continue reading “Persistent, intergenerational racial wealth gap clearly illustrated via animated data visualization”