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Geographic Mobility and the Intergenerational Transmission of Income in Québec


Presented in collaboration with CRDCN and CIRANO

On Zoom - January 18, 2024 - 12:15 p.m to 1 p.m.

This project seeks to describe the link between geographic mobility and socioeconomic mobility in Quebec for individuals born between 1967 and 1985. First, we present descriptive statistics on the migration of young Quebecers, among other things according to the type of place of residence at age 16 (Census Metropolitan Area, Census Agglomeration or rural region). We then estimate rank mobility, a measure of the intergenerational transmission of income, independently of whether young people stayed in the same region in which they grew up or moved. Finally, we assess the contribution of geographic mobility to the intergenerational transmission of income in Quebec. We find that migration is associated with a higher income advantage for young people who grew up outside metropolitan areas. In cohorts born in the 1970s and 1980s, this is particularly true for those whose families are at the lower end of the parental income distribution.


Marie Connolly

Marie Connolly (Ph.D. 2007, Princeton University) has been a professor at the Department of Economics of UQAM’s School of Management (ESG UQAM) since 2009. She teaches statistics and econometrics to undergraduates and labor economics to graduates students. Her research is primarily empirical and touches upon various topics in labor economics, such as social mobility, the formation of human capital, the gender wage gap, subjective well-being, women’s labor force participation and the evaluation of public policy. Her work as been published in the Journal of Labor Economics, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and the Canadian Journal of Economics, among others.

Xavier St-Denis

Xavier St-Denis is an assistant professor of population studies at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) and director of the Social Statistics Study Group (SSSG). His research focuses on social mobility, socioeconomic inequalities, occupational and educational trajectories, and social statistics. Before joining INRS, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto and worked as a researcher at Statistics Canada. With his team, he uses a large number of administrative and linked databases made available to researchers by Statistics Canada.

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