Intergenerational Income Mobility in Canada and the United States

Colloquium | March 8 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Marie Connolly, Université du Québec à Montréal

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN)), IRLE

Intergenerational mobility is about twice as great in Canada than in the United States, but varies significantly within each country. Our sub-national analysis of six different indicators finds that the national border only partially distinguishes the close to one thousand regions we analyze within these two countries. The Canada-US border clearly divides Central and Eastern Canada from the Great Lakes regions and the Northeast of the United States. But these differences drive only part of the national differences in mobility. While some Canadian regions have more in common with the low mobility southern parts of the United States than with the rest of Canada, the fact that they represent a much smaller fraction of population is the other reason why overall mobility is lower in the United States.