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DEVELOPING NEW
NATIONAL DATA ON
SOCIAL MOBILITY

A WORKSHOP SUMMARY

Amy Smith, Rapporteur

Committee on Population

Committee on National Statistics

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

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NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the Steering Committee for the workshop were chosen for their special competences and with regard for appropriate balance.

This study was supported by the National Science Foundation Award SES-1244655 to the National Academy of Sciences. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the rapporteur and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the project.

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STEERING COMMITTEE FOR A WORKSHOP ON DEVELOPING
A NEW NATIONAL SURVEY ON SOCIAL MOBILITY

DAVID B. GRUSKY (Cochair), Department of Sociology, Stanford University

C. MATTHEW SNIPP (Cochair), Department of Sociology, Stanford University

HENRY E. BRADY, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley

MICHAEL HOUT, Department of Sociology and Demography, University of California, Berkeley

ROBERT D. MARE, Department of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles

SARA S. MCLANAHAN, Department of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University

SEAN REARDON, Department of Education and Sociology (by courtesy), Stanford University

TIMOTHY M. SMEEDING, Institute for Research on Poverty and Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin–Madison

THOMAS J. PLEWES, Study Director

NATALIE NIELSEN, Associate Study Director

DANIELLE JOHNSON, Senior Program Assistant

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COMMITTEE ON POPULATION
2012-2013

LINDA J. WAITE (Chair), Department of Sociology, University of Chicago

CHRISTINE BACHRACH, School of Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park

JERE BEHRMAN, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

JASON H. BOARDMAN, Department of Sociology, University of Colorado, Boulder

PETER J. DONALDSON, Population Council, New York, NY

KATHLEEN HARRIS, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

MARK HAYWARD, Population Research Center, University of Texas at Austin

CHARLES HIRSCHMAN, Department of Sociology, University of Washington

HILLARD S. KAPLAN, Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

WOLFGANG LUTZ, World Population Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria

ROBERT D. MARE, Department of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles

SARA MCLANAHAN, Center for Research on Child Wellbeing, Princeton University

BARBARA B. TORREY, Independent Consultant, Washington, DC

MAXINE WEINSTEIN, Center for Population and Health, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

DAVID WEIR, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

JOHN R. WILMOTH, Department of Demography, University of California, Berkeley

THOMAS J. PLEWES, Director

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COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL STATISTICS
2013-2014

LAWRENCE D. BROWN (Chair), Department of Statistics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

JOHN M. ABOWD, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University

MARY ELLEN BOCK, Department of Statistics, Purdue University

DAVID CARD, Department of Economics, University of California, Berkeley

ALICIA CARRIQUIRY, Department of Statistics, Iowa State University

MICHAEL E. CHERNEW, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School

CONSTANTINE GATSONIS, Center for Statistical Sciences, Brown University

JAMES S. HOUSE, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

MICHAEL HOUT, Survey Research Center, University of California, Berkeley

SALLIE KELLER, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

LISA LYNCH, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University

COLM O’MUIRCHEARTAIGH, Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago

RUTH PETERSON, Criminal Justice Research Center, The Ohio State University

EDWARD H. SHORTLIFFE, Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University and Arizona State University

HAL STERN, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine

JOHN H. THOMPSON, NORC at the University of Chicago

CONSTANCE F. CITRO, Director

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Acknowledgments

This report summarizes the proceedings of a workshop convened in June 2013 to consider options for a design for a new national survey on social mobility. The workshop was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and convened by the Committee on Population (CPOP) and the Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) of the National Research Council (NRC).

The workshop was organized by a steering committee composed of expert social, behavioral, and economic scientists who study trends and issues in social mobility of the population. The steering committee provided invaluable guidance during the course of developing the workshop, in the process of securing expert presentations, and in facilitating the conduct of the workshop. Although the steering committee members played a central role in designing and conducting the workshop, they did not actively participate in writing this summary.

The presentations to the workshop meeting provided the basis for a lively and instructional discussion by the participants. We appreciate the contributions of Robert Hauser, executive director of the NRC’s DBASSE, Henry Brady, David Grusky, Michael Hout, Robert Mare, Bhash Mazumder, Chandra Muller, Timothy Smeeding, Matthew Snipp, Laura Tach, Florencia Torche, Steve Trejo, and Rob Warren.

The steering committee acknowledges the excellent work of the staff of the NRC for support in developing and organizing the workshop and this report. The study director was Thomas J. Plewes, who serves

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as director of CPOP. Constance F. Citro, director of CNSTAT, assisted in organizing the steering committee and setting the agenda for the study. The associate study director was Natalie Nielsen of the Board on Science Education. They provided valuable assistance to the steering committee in organizing the meetings. The steering committee was assisted by Danielle Johnson, on the staff of CPOP, who made arrangements for the steering committee’s planning meeting and this workshop, as well as playing a major role in preparation of this summary. Amy Smith ably served as rapporteur for the workshop.

This summary was reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the Report Review Committee of the NRC. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that assist the institution in making its report as sound as possible, and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process.

The panel thanks the following individuals for their review of this report: Thomas A. DiPrete, Department of Sociology, Columbia University; Samuel R. Lucas, Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley; Chandra L. Muller, Department of Sociology, University of Texas at Austin; and Timothy M. Smeeding, Institute for Research on Poverty and Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations, nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Barbara Boyle Torrey. Appointed by the NRC, she was responsible for making certain that the independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of the report rests entirely with the rapporteur and the NRC.

David Grusky and C. Matthew Snipp Cochairs
Steering Committee for a Workshop on Developing a New National Survey on Social Mobility

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Developing New National Data on Social Mobility summarizes a workshop convened in June 2013 to consider options for a design for a new national survey on social mobility. The workshop was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and convened by the Committee on Population and the Committee on National Statistics Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education of the National Research Council. Scientific experts from a variety of social and behavioral disciplines met to plan a new national survey on social mobility that will provide the first definitive evidence on recent and long-term trends in social mobility, with the objectives of coming to an understanding of the substantial advances in the methods and statistics for modeling mobility, in survey methodology and population-based survey experiments, in opportunities to merge administrative and survey data, and in the techniques of measuring race, class, education, and income. The workshop also focused on documenting the state of understanding of the mechanisms through which inequality is generated in the past four decades.

In the absence of a survey designed and dedicated to the collection of information to assess the status of social mobility, a wide variety of data sources designed for other purposes have been pressed into service in order to illuminate the state of social mobility and its trends. Developing New National Data on Social Mobility discusses the key decision points associated with launching a new national level survey of social mobility. This report considers various aspects of a major new national survey, including identifying relevant new theoretical perspectives and technical issues that have implications for modeling, measurement, and data collection.

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