The historical shadow of segregation on human capital and upward mobility

Project Summary:

This project expands on recent path-breaking work that has documented substantial variation in rates of social mobility across locations in the United States. Where children grow up has a strong influence on the probability that they will earn more than their parents in adulthood, with some regions highly mobile and others lagging far behind. This research suggests that regional differences in opportunity might be explained not only by contemporary characteristics but also by historical disparities. The researchers will merge the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) with Raj Chetty and others’ Equality of Opportunity dataset, and the Logan-Parman index of inequality, providing a profound advancement in the literature with strong policy implications.


Trevon Logan is a Hazel C. Youngberg Trustees Distinguished Professor of Economics at Ohio State University and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has held visiting appointments at Princeton University's Center for Health and Well-Being and at the University of Michigan, where he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research. He is also an affiliate of the Initiative in Population Research, the Center for Human Resource Research, the Food Innovation Center, and the Criminal Justice Research Center at Ohio State. He received his B.S. in Economics from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his M.A. in Demography and M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in economic history, economic demography and applied microeconomics. He also does work that intersects with health economics, applied econometrics, applied microeconomics and sociology.