About the Presentation
This study aims to provide new estimates of how common it is for a person to achieve income/earnings at the very top of the distribution during their adult lifetime. It expands upon a long-standing literature that has focused on the bottom of the income distribution, i.e. on poverty dynamics, providing improved estimates of the dynamics of affluence by using survey and administrative data including the Panel Study of Income Dynamics and the Survey of Income and Program Participation linked to Social Security Administration earnings records. The findings reveal that membership in the upper echelons of the income/earnings distribution have become less accessible over time, suggesting that the barrier between elites and non-elites has become less permeable and that class structure at the top end has become more rigid.
About the Speaker
Lloyd Grieger is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Global Affairs at the Jackson Institute of Global Affairs at Yale University. His research and teaching interests include: social demography; poverty, affluence and inequality; sociology of the family; social welfare policy; the transition to adulthood; and quantitative methods. Currently, he is working on projects related to identifying racial differences in the timing of parental death as a driver of socioeconomic inequality in the U.S., the role of siblings in the transition to adulthood, long-term trends in affluence and poverty in the U.S., and changes in U.S. social program participation since the Great Recession.