Dream Hoarders: A Book Talk with Richard Reeves

Opportunity in America | 20 July 2017 | 1h 25m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Richard Reeves about his book Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It. Argues that America’s upper middle class has become more effective at passing on opportunities to their children, and while he applauds good parenting, he notes systemic advantages—in areas ranging from the tax code to institutional practices of higher education institutions—limit the abilities of parents lower down the income scale to help their children connect to the best opportunities, resulting in less social mobility overall.

Raj Chetty on Economic Mobility

EconTalk | 22 August 2022 | 1h 19m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Raj Chetty about his work on economic mobility. Focuses on Social Capital I and II, his co-authored studies in Nature, which find that poor people in America who are only connected to other poor people do dramatically worse financially than poor people who are connected to a wider array of economic classes. Discusses the policy implications and his earlier work on the American Dream and the challenge of Americans born in recent decades to do better financially than their parents.

Greg Clark: For Whom The Bell Curve Tolls

Razib Khan’s Unsupervised Learning | 8 May 2021 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Gregory Clark discussing the controversy around, and the ideas from, his upcoming book For Whom The Bell Curve Tolls. Explores his finding of very high long-term persistence of social status across lineages, and possible explanations for this, including genetic factors.

Gregory Clark on Social Status and Genetics

Coffee With Cornelius | 19 June 2020 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Gregory Clark discussing his research on social mobility, the effect of elite fecundity on the Industrial Revolution, and economic history more generally. Draws on his books The Son Also Rises, A Farewell to Alms and the forthcoming For Whom the Bell Curve Tolls.

Gregory Clark on Using Names to Measure Social Mobility

Social Science Bites | 1 April 2014 | 0h 19m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with economist Gregory Clark, author of The Son Also Rises: Surnames and History of Social Mobility. Describes how inferences about social mobility can be drawn from the distribution of surnames amongst elites in societies over many centuries. Discusses the implications for social policy if social status is highly heritable.