The Geography of Intergenerational Mobility

Hosted by Centre for Economic Performance Lionel Robbins Memorial Lectures

Old Theatre,


Professor Raj Chetty


Professor Steve Machin

Professor Raj Chetty will give three lectures over three consecutive days in the 2016 Lionel Robbins Memorial Lecture series under the overarching theme of "Improving Equality of Opportunity: new lessons from big data" asking the question "How Can We Improve Economic Opportunities for Low-Income Children?" Raj Chetty will discuss findings from the Equality of Opportunity Project, which uses big data to develop new answers to this important and timely policy question. The presentation will show how children's opportunities to climb the income ladder vary substantially depending upon where they grow up.  It will then identify factors that contribute to this geographic variation in opportunities for upward mobility. The talks will conclude by offering policy lessons for how social mobility and economic opportunity can be increased in the next generation.

Raj Chetty is a Professor of Economics at Stanford University. His research combines empirical evidence and economic theory to help design more effective government policies. His work on tax policy, unemployment insurance, and education has been widely cited in media outlets and Congressional testimony. 

Steve Machin is Director of the Centre for Economic Performance.

The CEP (@CEP_LSE) is an interdisciplinary research centre at the LSE Research Laboratory. It was established by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in 1990 and is now one of the leading economic research groups in Europe.

The two other lectures that are part of this series are on Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 October. 

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A copy of Professor Chetty's PowerPoint can be downloaded:

The Geography of Intergenerational Mobility (pdf)

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