Danny Yagan

2016 Hellman Fellow


Assistant Professor, Economics
UC Berkeley

Project Title: College and Intergenerational Mobility: New Evidence from Administrative Data

Link to work: http://eml.berkeley.edu/~yagan/

Summary of project being funded:
What is the role of college in the intergenerational transmission of income inequality? This project will tackle this question using population-level administrative data to characterize the distribution of parent and student income across the hierarchy of U.S. colleges in order to understand (a) where students from rich and poor families attend college, (b) what explains the substantial variation in poor student enrollment across similarly ranked colleges, and (c) what share of the persistence of inequality across generations is explained by the colleges children attend. The results will illuminate the role of certain colleges as gateways to economic success and will highlight policies that may be particularly likely to increase poor-student enrollment and thus enhance upward mobility.

“The Hellman Fellowship is making it possible to focus my energy on my project rather than how to make the finances work.”