About the Presentation
We study the processes of economic inequality and economic mobility over a period of 40 years in a setting in which there have been major changes in access to basic health and family planning A novel insight from this paper is that standard methods for correcting sampling weights in panel data do not adequately account for the process of household formation and dissolution. We develop a new approach to weighting that requires the kind of information available in the context of a demographic surveillance system and use these weights to look at long term changes in educational investment of households in the Matlab area. We show that a substantial rise in average educational investment among children 6-16 has been accompanied by high levels of economic mobility but little reduction in economic inequality.
About the Speaker
Andrew Foster is a Professor of Economics at Brown University and a member of the Population Studies and Training Center. He is an applied microeconomist with work in development, health, population and the environment. Current work includes studies of long term economic mobility, the returns to scale in agriculture, the ex ante effects of risk on schooling, and changes in income segregation.