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Book examines generational economic inequality

Tim Smeeding

Book cover of From Parents to Children: The Intergenerational Transmission of Advantage

Poverty expert Tim Smeeding has edited another book, From Parents to Children: The Intergenerational Transmission of Advantage, published Russell Sage Foundation.

From Parents to Children: explores how economic inequality in one generation leads to inequality of opportunity in the next. The contributors find that inequality in mobility-relevant skills emerges early in childhood in all of the countries studied. The authors, an esteemed international group of scholars, investigate this question using data from 10 countries with differing levels of inequality. The book compares whether and how parents’ resources transmit advantage to their children at different stages of development and sheds light on the structural differences among countries that may influence intergenerational mobility.

Smeeding edited the book with John Ermisch, Oxford University; and Markus Jäntti, the Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University. Smeeding co-authored four chapters, including one written with economist Robert Haveman and others.

Smeeding discusses the book in a question-and-answer session with blogger Rohan Mascarenhas of the Russell Sage Foundation

Smeeding is the Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and director of the Institute for Research on Poverty

— posted June 21, 2012