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VideoMay 22, 2018

Intergenerational Mobility around the World

In this Policy Research Talk on May 22, 2018, World Bank economist Roy van der Weide presented global trends and patterns in economic mobility from the new Global Database on Intergenerational Mobility (GDIM), which underpins the new report Fair Progress? Economic Mobility across Generations around the World. The GDIM has unprecedented coverage: This is the first time we have empirical evidence on mobility for almost 150 countries representative of 96 percent of the world’s population. Estimates of two distinct aspects of economic mobility are included: absolute (the share of individuals who succeed in securing a standard of living or educational attainment that exceeds those of their parents), and relative (the extent to which a person’s position in the economic scale is independent of his or her parents’ position).