Video June 13, 2019

Estimating Intergenerational Mobility in Developing Countries: New Methods and Evidence from India

Parents around the world hope for a better life for their children. Yet the opportunities available to the next generation vary greatly across countries, between groups within countries, and over time. In developing countries, tracking the evolution of intergenerational mobility has been a particular challenge due to data constraints. In this Policy Research Talk delivered on June 13, 2019, World Bank economist Sam Asher presented a new method for measuring intergenerational mobility that can be applied in countries where data are limited. Drawing on recently published results on India, he illustrated how this new method can produce policy-relevant measures across groups and space, as well as over time.