Nov 28 -- Inequalities in income, wealth, health, and life expectancies have been increasing over the last several decades in the United States. Since around 1980, fewer Americans than before are doing better than their parents had – that is, more are experiencing downward socioeconomic mobility in terms of occupational status and income. A number of efforts are currently underway to develop evidence-based strategies for increasing inter- and intra-generational mobility and improving economic and social well-being in the United States. These efforts require an improved understanding of the factors that influence economic and social mobility in the United States, the mechanisms through which these factors operate, how they are affected by policy interventions, and how these relationships and mechanisms vary across and within different population groups.
An ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will undertake a study that will review and assess what is known about the factors that influence economic and social mobility in the United States, the mechanisms through which these factors operate, and how these relationships and mechanisms vary across and within different population groups. The Committee on Population (CPOP) and the Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) are launching a consensus study that will identify key, actionable knowledge gaps; discuss promising conceptual, methodological, and data approaches; and make recommendations for policy-relevant research and evaluation at the local, state, and federal levels. The study is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The study will be carried out by a committee of volunteer experts in fields such as economics, sociology, demography, psychology, statistics/methodology, political science, public policy, evaluation, and population geography.
We invite you to submit nominations for committee members for this study. To receive full consideration, please submit by December 16, 2022.