Dr. G. Clark "The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility"

For those of you interested in human behavior:

HOW MUCH OF OUR FATE is tied to the status of our parents and grandparents? How much does this influence our children? More than we wish to believe. While it has been argued that rigid class structures have eroded in favor of greater social equality, The Son Also Rises proves that movement on the social ladder has changed little over eight centuries. Using a novel technique—tracking family names over generations to measure social mobility across countries and periods—renowned economic historian Gregory Clark reveals that mobility rates are lower than conventionally estimated, do not vary across societies, and are resistant to social policies. The good news is that these patterns are driven by strong inheritance of abilities and lineage does not beget unwarranted advantage. The bad news is that much of our fate is predictable from lineage. Clark argues that since a greater part of our place in the world is predetermined, we must avoid creating winner-take-all societies.

A book signing of "The Son Also Rises" will follow the lecture.


This lecture series is sponsored by Dr. Michael Shermer's Skeptics Society. http://www.skeptic.com/upcoming-lectures/.

To subscribe to free eSkeptic: http://www.skeptic.com/lectures/how_to_attend.html.

Tickets and Entry:
First come, first served at the door. Line starts at the South Door entrance. Limited seating at 375.
$15 for nonmembers
$10 for Skeptics Society members and the JPL/CalTech community.
Your admission fee is a donation that pays for lecture expenses.

Due to security concerns, Baxter Hall will be locked and the audience will be admitted only through the doors on the South side of the building by the lily ponds. If, for medical reasons, you cannot climb the stairs to the hall on the 2nd floor, someone at the main entrance (located in the middle of the West side of the building) will escort you to the elevator.

Directions to Baxter Hall:

http://www.skeptic.com/lectures/how_to_attend.html#directions.

Building Location and Parking Map:
Baxter Hall at CalTech in Pasadena. Free parking on weekends:
http://www.skeptic.com/downloads/map-BaxterHall.pdf.

Early Dinner Together:
In keeping with their standing tradition, The Skeptic Society reserves tables at Burger Continental for early dinner for those who attend the lecture.  So go ahead and join in!  

Click on this link for their menu:
http://www.burgercontinentalpasadena.com/menu.html.
535 South Lake Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101
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  • Stu

    Enter campus on Michigan from Del Mar. Park in either lot. Walk around Beckman Auditorium to far (south) end of building on your left.

    March 13

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