Income Inequality and Lifetime Income Dynamics in the US

A PSC Brown Bag Seminar

Deirdre Bloome

Monday, 11/02/2015.   ARCHIVED EVENT

Location: 6050 ISR Thompson St

This presentation will NOT be streamed. Thank you.

Over the last four decades, disparities have grown in hourly wages, annual earnings and, most substantially, family incomes. Evidence of rising inequality comes from repeated snapshots of the population, which follow demographic groups, but not individual people, over time. Yet researchers and policymakers have speculated that population-level inequality and individuals' lifetime income dynamics -- including mobility between generations, mobility within generations, and year-to-year volatility -- may be linked. In this talk I will explore a few of these links, presenting some empirical results and some methodological tools that may be used to help understand the relationship between income inequality and lifetime income dynamics in the US.


Deirdre Bloome is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and a Faculty Affiliate of the Population Studies Center and the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan. Her research uses demographic and statistical techniques to understand how patterns of social stratification are produced and reproduced in the US. She holds a PhD in Sociology and Social Policy and an AM in Statistics, both from Harvard University, and a certificate in Demography from the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. Her current topics of investigation include the relationships among economic inequality, mobility, and insecurity, the historical evolution of racial inequality in income and family structure, and statistical methods for characterizing population heterogeneity. Her previous work is published or forthcoming in the American Sociological Review, Demography, Social Forces, Sociological Methodology and the Annual Review of Sociology.

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