Intergenerational mobility between and within Canada and the United States

Apr 15 13:04 2019 Print This Article

Intergenerational mobility is lower in the United States than in Canada, but the border only partially distinguishes the two countries with mobility varying significantly within each. The within-country differences and similarities hint at some of the reasons why the United States has lower social mobility than many other rich countries.

This is the main theme of a study released by the National Bureau of Economic Research, based upon Canadian data my co-authors and I constructed with the cooperation of Statistics Canada. Our research offers a more accurate comparison between these two countries than any cross-country comparisons made in the literature to date: tax-based administrative data, used to define similar measures of income, and coming close to covering the total population of similarly aged young people and their parents.

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This blog is about economics that matters: for public policy; for Canadians; and for others. Run by Miles Corak, an award winning economist and writer, the blog is intended for an audience of engaged citizens who have a curiosity about economics and how it can inform public policy. Miles Corak is a professor at the University of Ottawa trained in labour economics, and working on child rights, poverty, immigration, social and economic mobility, unemployment, and social policy. He is also a member of the Economic Council of Advisors to Liberal Party of Canada.

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