This panel welcomes country case contributions that examine the effects of cash transfers on intergenerational mobility, based on rigorous identification strategies. Second, it welcomes papers that focus on theoretical and methodological contributions in the area of intergenerational mobility.
Intergenerational mobility—in terms of income, occupation, education, life expectancy and other wellbeing dimensions—reflects how successful societies have been in building egalitarian public policies that provide young people with more equal opportunities to move beyond their social origins. This 'longitudinal' approach to equality is critical, particularly in developing country contexts where poverty and inequality remain high and persistent. In the past two decades, cash transfer programmes have become one of the major antipoverty policy innovations in the developing world. The underlying assumption of these programmes is that by providing monetary incentives to poor households that underinvest in the human capital of their children, cash transfers can help break the intergenerational transmission of poverty. While today a growing literature highlights the short-term, and more recently, medium-term effects of cash transfer programmes, evidence of intergenerational mobility effects remains scant and under researched. However, better and longer longitudinal data from developing countries, as well as recent methodological developments in pseudo-panel analysis have improved the prospects of expanding the scholarly work and knowledge base on this subject. This panel aims to contribute to the literature in two ways: First, it welcomes country case studies that examine the effects of cash transfers on intergenerational mobility and their mechanisms, based on rigorous identification strategies. Second, it welcomes papers that focus on theoretical and methodological contributions in the area of intergenerational mobility.