PROJECTThe Mobility Metrics Working Group

The Urban Institute convened the Mobility Metrics Working Group to advise the development of practical indicators of mobility from poverty that have wide credibility for application by policymakers, practitioners, and researchers. These indicators connect longer-term mobility outcomes to measures that can be tracked in the short and medium term and embody the comprehensive definition of economic and social mobility developed by the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty.

The Mobility Metrics Working Group consists of 11 academic experts representing a range of perspectives. The scholars in the working group collectively span fields, including economics, sociology, political science, and psychology, and they represent diverse backgrounds and views with respect to race, geography, policy domains, and political ideology. All members bring a deep understanding of what measures can reliably and accurately represent key dimensions of mobility as well as how these measures can be successfully implemented in diverse communities.

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Dr. Fenaba R. Addo
Associate Professor
Department of Consumer Science
University of Wisconsin–Madison

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Dr. Crystal C. Hall
Associate Professor
Evans School of Public Policy and Governance
University of Washington

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Dr. David J. Harding
Department of Sociology
University of California, Berkeley

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Dr. Nathaniel Hendren
Department of Economics
Harvard University

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Dr. Rucker Johnson
Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy
Goldman School of Public Policy
University of California, Berkeley

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Dr. Hazel Rose Markus
Davis-Brack Professor in the Behavioral Sciences; Director, Stanford SPARQ
Department of Psychology
Stanford University

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Dr. Manuel Pastor
Distinguished Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity
University of Southern California

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Dr. H. Luke Shaefer
School of Social Work and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
University of Michigan

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Dr. Michael R. Strain
Director, Economic Policy Studies
American Enterprise Institute

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Dr. Jessica Trounstine
Foundation Board of Trustees Presidential Chair; Professor of Political Science
Department of Political Science
University of California, Merced

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Margery Austin Turner (Chair)
Institute Fellow
Urban Institute

Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Wealth and financial well-being
Policy Centers Research to Action Lab