Perez Investigates Intergenerational Mobility [Video]

On October 19, 2017, Assistant Professor of Economics Santiago Pérez presented a lecture entitled "Intergenerational Mobility Across Three Continents: Were the Americas Exceptional?" Watch the video here.

Santiago Pérez earned his PhD at Stanford University and his MSc in Economics at the Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At UC Davis, he will be a faculty affiliate at the UC Davis Migration Research Cluster. His areas of specialization include economic history, development economics, and labor economics. His current work focuses on historical social mobility and on the labor market outcomes of international immigrants. His paper ‘The (South) American Dream: Mobility and Economic Outcomes of First- and Second-Generation Immigrants in 19th-Century Argentina’ is forthcoming in The Journal of Economic History.

Abstract: I compare rates of intergenerational occupational mobility in 1869-1895 Argentina to those in (1) 1850-1880 United States, (2) 1851-1881 United Kingdom and (3) 1865-1900 Norway. I find that Argentina had levels of intergenerational occupational mobility that were very close to those of the US and above those of the UK and Norway. There was a sharp divide between Old and New World countries in terms of social mobility, with the latter featuring higher mobility levels than the former. I also document large differences in rates of intergenerational occupational mobility across regions of Argentina: the difference between the least and the most mobile province in terms of mobility was of similar magnitude to the difference between the US and the UK in the period.