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Share of children from various earnings fifths ending up in the bottom fifth as adults, by race

Source: Authors' analysis of Mazumder (2011, Table 7)

Updated May 16, 2012

Documentation and methodology

Data are from Mazumder (2011), Table 7, “Transition Matrices by Race Using SIPP-SSA Sample.” Both panels use subsamples drawn from a sample of 16,782 men from the Survey of Income and Program Participation and Social Security Administration data and use a multiyear average of sons’ earnings over 2003–2007 and parents’ earnings over 1978–1986.


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