Stability and change in the land of opportunity: Geography and intergenerational inequality over the twentieth century

Authors: Dylan Connor*, Arizona State University
Topics: Population Geography, Economic Geography
Keywords: Inequaltiy, cities, demography, social mobility
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Calvert Room, Omni, East
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Recent evidence suggests that there has been a substantial decline in the rate of upward social mobility over the last century. Further, where children grow-up appears to be an increasingly dominant force in shaping life chances for those born into low-income families. Despite these findings, we know little of how places evolve to shape opportunity in different ways, or of the prospects for place-based policy to improve broader social inequality outcomes. In this article, we ask: How was the geography of opportunity changed over the twentieth century? And why do some places change with respect to opportunity, while others stay the same?

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