NewsThe Science of Inequality

Tracking who climbs up—and who falls down—the ladder

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Science  23 May 2014:
Vol. 344, Issue 6186, pp. 836-837
DOI: 10.1126/science.344.6186.836

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It's not easy to keep track of who is moving up and down the economic ladder in the United States. Researchers have gotten a glimpse from surveys, but they could learn a lot more about intergenerational mobility if they could also tap into the massive amounts of information that government agencies already collect about residents for other purposes.