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CSDE Seminar Series

Population Research Discovery Seminars

Gendered Effects of Intergenerational Social Mobility: Evidence from the General Social Survey

Liying Luo, Department of Sociology and Criminology, Pennsylvania State University


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12/02/2022
12:30-1:30 PM PT
101 Hans Rosling Center

Sociologists have long been interested in understanding the implications of intergenerational social mobility for individuals’ behaviors and well-being. However, for empirical and historical reasons, most prior research either focused on one subpopulation or assumed a uniform effect of social mobility across demographic groups. Such focus/assumption is too limiting because experiences of and responses to social mobility likely differ depending on individuals’ social and demographic characteristics. Using a new mobility effect model to analyze divorce data from the General Social Survey, I found that the mobility effects were more pronounced for women than for men respondents. I discuss possible reasons for the gendered effects of intergenerational mobility.


Liying Luo’s research focuses on  how aging, social change, and population processes interact with social institutions such as schools and family to produce inequality and disparities and identifying trajectories and explaining trends in health, cognitive, and mortality outcomes.  She has developed a novel model for determining age, time periods, and cohort patterns in various outcomes such as cognitive development, health status and behaviors, mortality, and substance use.  She also studies quantitative methods for describing and explaining temporal trends in health behaviors and vital rates.  She recently expands her research areas to investigating the heterogeneous effects of education between men and women on their health and social well-being.  Her work has appeared in top journals including the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, Demography (lead article with four commentaries and a reply), and Sociological Methods & Research.  She serves on the editorial board of Sociological Methods & Research and Sociological Methodology.