Social Mobility Conference

I still have a few spare spaces for my intergenerational mobility conference at ANU on Monday 30 November. The conference will now be opened by Terry Moran, the Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. So if it’s good enough for Australia’s most senior public servant…

Also, each paper will have a discussant. The full program – with discussants – appears below.

8.15-8.30am Coffee & Registration

8.30-8.45am Terry Moran AO, Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Opening Speech

8.45-9.45am Daniel Waldenström, Research Institute of Industrial Economics, Sweden
Intergenerational Top Income Mobility in Sweden – A Combination of Equal Opportunity and Capitalistic Dynasties (with Anders Björklund and Jesper Roine)
Discussant: Michael Gilding, Swinburne University of Technology

9.45-10.15am Morning Tea

10.15-11.15am Xin Meng, Australian National University
Intergenerational Income Mobility in Urban China (with Cathy Gong and Andrew Leigh)
Discussant: Michael Schneider, La Trobe University

11.15-12.15pm Guyonne Kalb, University of Melbourne
Intergenerational Correlation of Labour Market Outcomes (with Nicolas Hérault)
Discussant: Mathias Sinning, Australian National University

12.15-1.30pm Lunch

1.30-2.30pm Michael Shields, University of Melbourne
Childhood Economic Conditions and Length of Life: Evidence from the UK Boyd Orr Cohort, 1937–2005 (with Paul Frijters, Timothy Hatton and Richard Martin)
Discussant: Martine Mariotti, Australian National University

2.30-3.30pm Buly Cardak, La Trobe University
Intergenerational Earnings Mobility and Ability: Empirical Estimates for the US and Britain (with David Johnston, Vance Martin and Chris Ryan)
Discussant: Bruce Bradbury, University of NSW

3.30-4.00pm Afternoon Tea

4.00-5.00pm Deborah Cobb-Clark, Australian National University
Cultural Transition and the Intergenerational Correlation in Welfare Receipt (with Juan Barón and Nisvan Erkal)
Discussant: Joann Wilkie, Australian Treasury

Registration is $195, or $165 for four people from the same area. To encourage more research on intergenerational mobility, it’s free for academics and full-time students. The general registration form is here, and the academic one is here.

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4 Responses to Social Mobility Conference

  1. Cheryl Bookallil says:

    Hello Andrew
    I have a great interest in the topic of this conference. However, cannot attend on 30th November. Will there be a site where I could access copies of the presentations and papers?
    Kind regards

  2. Andrew Leigh says:

    Cheryl, sorry not to have you there. As to papers, if you click on either version of the program, you’ll see that most of the papers are hyperlinked. For the ones that aren’t, feel free to email the authors.

  3. Cathal Kelly says:

    I think it curious that a tag given to a conference on intergenerational mobility is “inequality”. While I have read only a small sampling of literature on this topic, I am struck by two characteristics of the material I have read that suggest it is not really about inequality.

    One is how little of the literature is concerned with down-ward mobility — how many children of judges, CEOs, university professors, medical doctors, etc., take up careers sweeping roads, operating supermarket check-out tills, or driving fork-lifts in warehouses, etc.

    The second thing that strikes me about the mobility literature is that it doesn’t really get at the heart of the issue of inequality. It doesn’t look at why those in the top tiers should have incomes or wealth that are the multiples that are observed of the median or mean incomes or wealth. (Which is not to say that question is not asked — you have identified the need for research on that in your chapter in the Oxford Handbook. But I haven’t (yet?) seen it in the pieces of mobility literature I have read.)

    [Sorry that my first comment on your blog is to carp 😦 ]

  4. Fred Argy says:

    Sorry, Andrew. I find it difficut to attend seminars at present. I wish you the best of luck with it.

    Perhaps someone could send me the highlights at a later date.

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