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National Academy of Sciences
National Academy of Engineering
Institute of Medicine
National Research Council
Committee on Population
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Expert Meeting on
Developing a New National Survey on Social Mobility 

June 10, 2013
National Academy of Sciences
Keck Center, 500 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(Conference Room 201)

The National Science Foundation sponsored an expert meeting that considered options for a design for a new national survey on social mobility. At the meeting, top experts in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences presented concept papers addressing the main problems that must be solved in developing a new survey protocol.

The meeting was co-chaired by David Grusky and Matt Snipp of Stanford University, members of a group of experts which has been meeting to discuss the content and measurement issues for this important study area. The meeting afforded the opportunity for input from public and private organizations with interest in this area. 


9:00 a.m.Welcome and meeting objectives (breakfast available at 8:30 a.m.)
David Grusky and Matt Snipp, Co-chairs
9:15 a.m.Evolution of this Project
Robert Hauser, Executive Director, DBASSE (See Presentation)
9:30 a.m.What is known about social mobility?
Michael Hout, University of California at Berkeley (See Presentation)
10:00 a.m. Panel: The End of the American Dream? Why Social Mobility May Have Changed in the 21st Century
David Grusky, Stanford University
Matthew Snipp, Stanford University
Timothy Smeeding, University of Wisconsin
(See Presentation)
10:30 a.m.Break
10:45 a.m.How Social Mobility is Modeled and Measured
Florencia Torche, New York University (See Presentation)
11:15 a.m.Evaluation of Data Sources
Rob Warren, University of Minnesota (See Presentation)
12:00 p.m.Questions/Discussion
12:15 p.m.Working Lunch
1:15 p.m.Discussion of Specific Topics to be Considered in a New Survey

Education, Skill and Personality
Chandra Muller, University of Texas at Austin (See Presentation)

Labor Market Complexities
Bhash Mazumder, Federal Reserve Board of Chicago

Immigrant Issues
Steve Trejo, University of Texas at Austin (See Presentation)

Family and Demographic Changes
Laura Tach, Cornell University (See Presentation)

Measuring Social Networks beyond the Immediate Family
Robert Mare, University of California, Los Angeles (See Presentation)

Political and Civic Participation
Henry Brady, University of California, Berkeley
3:00 p.m.Break
3:15 p.m.Open Discussion: Next Steps in Measuring Social Mobility
David Grusky and Matt Snipp, Co-chairs
5:00 p.m.Adjourn




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