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Parental Wealth and the Black–White Mobility Gap in the U.S.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2016 (English)In: The Review of Income and Wealth, ISSN 0034-6586, E-ISSN 1475-4991, Vol. 62, no 4, 706-723 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Utilizing longitudinal data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), this paper examines the relationship between parental wealth and intergenerational income mobility for black and white families. I find that total parental wealth is positively associated with upward mobility for low-income white families, but is not associated with reduced likelihood of downward mobility for white families from the top half of the income distribution. Conversely, I find that total parental wealth does not have the same positive association for low-income black families, while home ownership may have negative associations with the likelihood of upward mobility for these families. However, for black families from the top half of the income distribution, home equity is associated with a decreased likelihood of downward mobility, suggesting a heterogeneous relationship between home ownership and mobility for black families.

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2016. Vol. 62, no 4, 706-723 p.
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intergenerational mobility, race, wealth
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-135780DOI: 10.1111/roiw.12200OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-135780DiVA: diva2:1049015
Available from: 2016-11-23 Created: 2016-11-23 Last updated: 2016-12-09Bibliographically approved

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