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Intergenerational Mobility, Human Capital, and Inequality - Webcast & Live Blog

Date: September 23, 2013
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m EDT approx. (16:30 – 18:00 GMT or convert time)
Location: World Bank Headquarters and Online

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On Sept 23, Nobel Laureate Gary Becker will deliver a talk on "Intergenerational Mobility, Human Capital, and Inequality" at the World Bank's Headquarters in Washington DC.



Countries differ enormously on the influence that family background may have on the achievements of children. Family influence is measured through the degree of international mobility. Intergenerational mobility is said to be stronger when the achievements of children are more weakly related to the achievement of their parent. Intergenerational mobility in a country is often used as a measure of the importance of merit rather than prejudice, political influence, and other similar considerations.

In the early 1980s, Gary Becker did pioneering work on intergenerational mobility in the U.S., finding only a mild relationship between fathers' earnings and those of their sons. In his lecture Becker will revisit the analysis of intergeneration mobility, especially the role of parental investments and government spending. The presentation will show that one should expect lesser child mobility at the upper end of the education distribution, and perhaps persistent "class" divisions.


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University Professor of Economics and Sociology, University of Chicago & Chair, Becker Friedman Institute