Gary Solon

Research Fellow

University of Arizona

Gary Solon is Eller Professor of Economics at the University of Arizona.

He is co-leader of the social mobility research group at the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a fellow of the Society of Labor Economists. His influential research includes studies of the intergenerational transmission of socioeconomic status, earnings dynamics over the life cycle, the behavior of labor markets over recessions and expansions, and microeconometric methods.

Gary joined IZA as a Research Fellow in September 2016.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10623

Multigenerational mobility refers to the associations in socioeconomic status across three or more generations. This article begins by summarising the longstanding but recently growing empirical literature on multigenerational mobility. It then discusses multiple theoretical interpretations of the empirical patterns, including the one recently proposed in Gregory Clark's book The Son...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4757
published in: American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 2012, 4 (4), 36-55

In models recently published by several influential macroeconomic theorists, rigidity in the real wages that firms pay newly hired workers plays a crucial role in generating realistically large cyclical fluctuations in unemployment. There is remarkably little evidence, however, on whether employers' hiring wages really are invariant to business cycle conditions....

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2665
published in: The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy: Advances in Economic Analysis and Policy, 2007, 7 (2), Article 4

This study uses an extraordinary Swedish data set to explore the sources of the intergenerational transmission of socioeconomic status. Merging data from administrative sources and censuses, we investigate the association between sons’ and daughters’ socioeconomic outcomes and those of their biological and rearing parents. Our analysis focuses on children raised...