SEEK Project 2019: Social Mobility and Economic Performance

SEEK Project 2019: Social Mobility and Economic Performance

Period: 01.07.2019 – 31.03.2021

Many countries in Europe and other parts of the world are characterized by increasing income inequality and low, often stagnating levels of upward mobility. This often goes hand in hand with lower economic dynamism. This issue is controversially discussed in both politics and economics. In the context of the political systems of many countries increased education and upward mobility are called for in order to guarantee equality of opportunity for all residents. In academic research, on the other hand, the focus is on the question of whether more education contributes to economic success or whether economic success is accompanied by increased participation in education. Both mechanisms are conceivable, since education can be viewed as a good that is invested in disproportionately with increasing economic prosperity.

In a research network with international experts, the SEEK project examined the causes of low intergenerational mobility and its effect on economic development. The scientists researched the evolution of equality of opportunity in Germany, and the relationship between social mobility and economic development in ten selected countries in South America. The findings showed that higher social mobility promotes economic development. The SEEK project thus provides key results for political decision-makers about the effects of higher mobility on economic development: more equality of opportunity and upward mobility contribute to greater economic growth.

Project members

Guido Neidhöfer

Guido Neidhöfer

Coordinator
Senior Researcher

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Friedhelm Pfeiffer

Friedhelm Pfeiffer

Stellvertretende Leitung

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Sarah McNamara

Sarah McNamara

Researcher

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Selected Publications

Ben Yahmed, Sarra, Lorenzo Cappellari, Daniele Checchi, Miles Corak, Stephen Jenkins, Guido Neidhöfer, Michèle Tertilt and Mariano Tommasi (2020), COVID-19 and Inequality, ZEW policy brief No. 20-05, Mannheim

Brunori, Paolo and Guido Neidhöfer (2020), The Evolution of Inequality of Opportunity in Germany: A Machine Learning Approach, ZEW Discussion Paper No. 20-013, Mannheim.

Selected Events

Workshop

Social Mobility and Economic Performance

ZEW will host an international workshop that will bring together 10 – 15 scholars contributing to the growing literature on social mobility and its relationship with economic performance. We are especially…

Research Seminars

COVID-19 and Inequality

One of the most severe consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and the strategies adopted to contain the outbreak of the disease is the intensification of inequalities. ZEW, in cooperation with Università…

Contact

Senior Researcher, Dr. Guido Neidhöfer
Telefon +49 (0)621 1235-141