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[00363] Neighborhood effects, college education, and social mobility

  • Session Time & Room : 3C (Aug.23, 13:20-15:00) @G402
  • Type : Contributed Talk
  • Abstract : This study models the impact of environmental factors on upward social mobility, where the educational environment is measured by the proportion of college-educated individuals, and social mobility is measured by a change in the proportion of people in different income classes. The dynamics of the educational environment are modeled using a modified version of the invasion/extinction ecological model of Richard Levins. The educational environment influences the educational choices of poor people, becoming effective only after a threshold point is reached. The rate of growth in influence is modeled using a monotonically increasing saturation function, which includes a delay parameter referred to as handling time, that measures the speed of influence. Our simulations indicate that poor people choose to become educated at a rate that primarily depends on the density of the local environment.
  • Classification : 34-11, 37N40, 92B05
  • Format : Online Talk on Zoom
  • Author(s) :
    • Cesar Montalvo (University of Virginia)