Intragenerational income mobility in the United States

Project Summary:

Using federal income tax data, this project will investigate intragenerational income mobility in the United States. The researchers will explore the determinants of mobility—such as aging, employment history, industry trends, marriage or divorce, and geographical mobility—and examine how household income profiles respond to earnings shocks.


Jacob Mortenson is an applied microeconomist with a primary focus on empirical public finance research. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Georgetown University, and currently does research for the Joint Committee on Taxation. Mortenson has forthcoming research in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System: 2015 Community Development Research Conference Publication. He has written for the National Tax Journal, and his dissertation research was covered by The Wall Street Journal.