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dc.contributor.advisorGoldin, Claudiaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorKatz, Larryen_US
dc.contributor.advisorGlaeser, Eden_US
dc.contributor.advisorHornbeck, Richarden_US
dc.contributor.authorFeigenbaum, Jamesen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-07-25T13:50:26Z
dc.date.created2016-05en_US
dc.date.issued2016-05-18en_US
dc.date.submitted2016en_US
dc.identifier.citationFeigenbaum, James. 2016. Essays on Intergenerational Mobility and Inequality in Economic History. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:33493274
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation explores intergenerational mobility and inequality in the early twentieth century. The first chapter asks whether economic downturns increase or decrease mobility. I estimate the effect of the Great Depression on mobility, linking a sample of fathers before the Depression to their sons in 1940. I find that the Great Depression lowered intergenerational mobility for sons growing up in cities hit by large downturns. The effects are driven by differential, selective migration: the sons of richer fathers are able to move to better destinations. The second chapter compares historic rates of intergenerational mobility to today. Based on a sample matched from the Iowa 1915 State Census to the 1940 Federal Census, I argue that there was more mobility in the early twentieth century than is found in contemporary data, whether measured using intergenerational elasticities, rank-rank correlations, educational persistence, or occupational status measures. In the third chapter, I detail the machine learning method used to create the linked census samples used in chapters 1 and 2. I use a supervised learning approach to record linkage, training a matching algorithm on hand-linked historical data which is able to efficiently and accurately find links in noisy in historical data.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipEconomicsen_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dash.licenseLAAen_US
dc.subjectEconomics, Historyen_US
dc.subjectEconomics, Laboren_US
dc.subjectEconomics, Generalen_US
dc.titleEssays on Intergenerational Mobility and Inequality in Economic Historyen_US
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_US
dash.depositing.authorFeigenbaum, Jamesen_US
dc.date.available2017-07-25T13:50:26Z
thesis.degree.date2016en_US
thesis.degree.grantorGraduate School of Arts & Sciencesen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.type.materialtexten_US
thesis.degree.departmentEconomicsen_US
dash.identifier.vireohttp://etds.lib.harvard.edu/gsas/admin/view/1022en_US
dc.description.keywordsintergenerational mobility; economic historyen_US
dash.author.emailjames.feigenbaum@gmail.comen_US
dash.contributor.affiliatedFeigenbaum, James


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