The Equality of Opportunity Project, a joint initiative from researchers at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley, looked at the parental earnings and adult incomes of millions of U.S. citizens born between 1980 and 1982 to map the landscape of economic mobility across the country. The research found that mobility varies widely with geographical area and is influenced by several other key factors, including segregation, income inequality, school quality and family structure. Version 2.0 of the project’s website launched January 17, 2014, with new data. Included in the latest release are mobility statistics by county and Metropolitan Statistical Area, as well as marginal income distributions.
Mobility Study Posts Granular Geographic Data
Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.
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