Nistler CoBPA Faculty Research

Celebrate the impact of our research.

Dr. Chih Ming Tan article, “The Great Gatsby Curve,” accepted in the Annual Review of Economics and as National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Chih Ming Tan for his article accepted in the Annual Review of Economics (JQL4). This paper was also accepted as a National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Working Paper (W29761).

Title:The Great Gatsby Curve

Journal: Annual Review of Economics (JQL Level 4)

Authors: Steven N. Durlauf (University of Chicago), Andros Kourtellos (University of Cyprus), Chih Ming Tan (University of North Dakota)

Abstract: This paper provides a synthesis of theoretical and empirical work on the Great Gatsby Curve, the positive empirical relationship between cross- sectional income inequality, and persistence of income across generations. We present statistical models of income dynamics that mechanically give rise to the relationship between inequality and mobility. Five distinct classes of theories are developed, including models on family investments, skills, social influences, political economy, and aspirations, each providing a behavioral mechanism to explain the relationship. Finally, we review empirical studies that provide evidence of the curve for a range of contexts and socioeconomic outcomes as well as explore evidence on mechanisms.