Nº 286 (September, 2021). Guido Neidhöfer, Matías Ciaschi, Leonardo Gasparini & Joaquín Serrano

“Social Mobility and Economic Development”.

We explore the relationship between social mobility and economic development. First, we map the geography of intergenerational mobility in education for 52 Latin American regions, and examine its evolution over time. Then, through a new weighting procedure considering the level of participation of various cohorts in the economy in each year, we estimate the association between changes in mobility and regional economic indicators, such as income per capita, inequality, poverty, labor formality, and luminosity. Our findings show that increasing social mobility is consistently associated with economic development and growth in Latin America.

JEL codes: D63, I24, J62, O15

Suggested citation: Neidhöfer, G., M. Ciaschi, L. Gasparini & J. Serrano (2021). Social Mobility and Economic Development. CEDLAS Working Papers Nº 286, September, 2021, CEDLAS-FCE-Universidad Nacional de La Plata.

Publish as: Neidhöfer, G., Ciaschi, M., Gasparini, L. & J. Serrano (2023). Social mobility and economic development. Journal of Economic Growth. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10887-023-09234-8