Multigenerational Cycles of Poverty? The Transmission of Childhood Poverty Across Three Generations

Working Paper*, Mar 15, 2019

This paper explores the extent to which childhood poverty persists across multiple generations and identifies the total multigenerational effects of growing up poor. It also provides a prospective analysis of childhood poverty after considering differences in fertility between poor and non-poor women.

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Fabian Pfeffer

Fabian Pfeffer received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Michigan, Research Assistant Professor at the Institute for Social Research, and Co-Investigator of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. His work appears in the American Sociological Review, the Annual Review of Sociology, Social Forces, the European Sociological Review, and other outlets. He has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and others.


Davis Daumler

Davis Daumler is a doctoral student in Sociology and a predoctoral trainee at the Institute for Social Research. His substantive interests include poverty, social and economic inequality, family dynamics, and multigenerational social processes. He is currently engaged with two broader projects; the first explores the mechanisms by which poverty is maintained across generations, and the second examines how different family contexts contribute to patterns of social mobility. Before joining the department, Davis received his M.A. in Sociology from McGill University, where he conducted a study on family formation, union instability, and the factors that lead individuals to enter nontraditional conjugal arrangements, such as cohabiting unions and living apart together relationships. He also worked at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, Canada, where he conducted research on men’s experience with fertility and social support. In 2016, Davis was awarded the Outstanding Graduating Student Award by the Canadian Sociological Association. His research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

*This working paper was made possible by the US 2050 project, supported by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation and the Ford Foundation. The statements made and views expressed are solely the responsibility of the authors.


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