Cross-National Research on the Intergenerational Transmission of Advantage

The Foundation's Working Group on Cross-National Research on the Intergenerational Transmission of Advantage seeks to better understand the relationship between inequality and economic mobility. Using a life-course approach, thirty-eight researchers in ten countries compared whether and how parents' resources transmit advantage to their children at different stages of development. The results of this project, published in Persistence, Privilege and Parenting and more recently in From Parents to Children, sheds light on international differences in social and economic mobility, and why advantage and disadvantage persist across generations. The project ultimately aims to provide information about the institutional differences between countries that moderate the relationship between parental resources and how their children fare later in life.

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