Per Engzell

University of Oxford

“Industrial automation and intergenerational income mobility in the United States”

Per Engzell is a researcher at the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science and Nuffield College, University of Oxford, where he has held the Prize Research Fellowship. He gained his PhD in Sociology from the Swedish Institute for Social Research, with which he remains affiliated.

His research focuses on intergenerational mobility and how culture, technology, and institutions interact to shape economic prospects. Some of his ongoing work concerns social mobility from preindustrial times until today, the role of employers in intergenerational earnings transmission, and model robustness in social stratification research.

Engzell’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Financial Times, The Economist, and podcasts such as The Weeds and PNAS Science Sessions. His recent research on school closures during COVID-19 has had a documented impact on policy in several countries and invited hearings at the European Commission, the OECD, and the World Bank.

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