Getting Ahead or Losing Ground

Economic Mobility in America


Economic Mobility of Men and Women

Over the past generation, there has been a dramatic shift in women's participation in the workforce and contributions to family income. With this shift, studies of economic mobility, which have traditionally focused on the relationship of men's income to those of their fathers, have expanded to consider the experiences of women.
This chapter describes and compares men and women's economic success and income mobility across the generations: How have men and women fared economically over the past few decades? How do their incomes compare with incomes of their own parents? Do parents pass along their economic advantage or disadvantage to their sons and daughters in the same way?

Supporting Assets

Table 1: Percent Married, by Generation, Gender, and Parental Income
Figure 1: Median Annual Personal Income, Men and Women Ages 30-39 (2004 dollars)
Figure 2: Median Annual Personal and Family Income, Men Ages 30-39 (2004 dollars)
Figure 3: Family Composition for Adults Ages 30-39
Figure 4: Percent of Children with Family Income Above their Parents' Family Income, by Gender (inflation-adjusted)
Figure 5: Chances of Getting Ahead or Falling Behind in Income Ranking, by Parental Income and Child's Gender

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