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Household social and economic mobility

How do households transition from one level of social and economic well-being to another, both within and across generations? What characterises high upward mobility from disadvantaged conditions?


Current project: Examining intergenerational social mobility in India


Some believe that the lack of upward social mobility is a serious problem in India: people from humble backgrounds are generally unable to achieve higher-paying positions. But others consider opportunity to be much more widespread: anyone who is capable and hardworking can rise high. This study seeks to understand whether and how upward social mobility occurs, looking at individuals across three professional destinations: the IT industry, government administration, and higher educational institutions. This is a collaborative study with partners at Duke University and IIM Ahmedabad.


People involved: Researchers, Interns and Partners

Aishwarya Lakshmi Ratan, Kentaro Toyama, Nimmi Rangaswamy

Angelin Baskaran, U. Vasudha, Carol Savia Peters

Duke university (Anirudh Krishna), IIM-Ahmedabad (Ankur Sarin), Aspiring Minds (Varun Aggarwal)



The Stages of Progress project at Duke University

The U.S. Economic Mobility Project - publications

Banerjee, A. and E. Duflo, The Economic Lives of the Poor, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 21(1), 2007: pp. 141-167 (summary presentation here)