Semantic Apparatus – Trends and Disparities in Subjective Upward Mobility since 1940

Cited by Lee Sonogan

Still Great: Subjective Intergenerational Mobility and Income Inequality  in: Comparative Sociology Volume 17 Issue 5 (2018)

Abstract by Thor Berger, Per Engzell

Concerns that prospects for upward mobility are fading are common in popular and scientific discourse. The fact that fewer Americans today surpass their parents’ economic status than in the past has been invoked to explain trends ranging from the recent spike in drug and alcohol poisonings to the growing appeal of right-wing populism. Using General Social Survey data, the authors ask whether people actually feel that their standard of living is falling short of that of previous generations. In contrast to data on income, education, or occupation, a majority still perceive that they have attained a higher standard of living than their parents. At the same time, mobility experiences are becoming increasingly polarized: subjective upward mobility is rising among highly educated, minority, and urban populations and declining among less educated and rural populations.

Publication: Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

Pub Date: Sep 24, 2020 Doi:

Keywords: intergenerational mobility, income mobility, living standards, subjective well-being, General Social Survey (Plenty more sections and references in this research article)

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