Nathaniel Hendren emails me

Saw your recent post on Intergenerational Mobility being constant over time. Just wanted to flag the importance of defining the relevant notion of Intergenerational Mobility. Much of the “mobility is falling” discussion has been about absolute mobility (kids earning more than their parents) not relative mobility. I think the evidence is now reasonably well-aligned in suggesting that various measures of relative mobility are reasonably stable over time (as we found in our work). But, absolute mobility has fallen in the last 50 years.

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