July 27, 2021 | Sophie Laberge
Update : September 15, 2021
Professor Xavier St-Denis obtained nearly $70,000 in funding for this research study.
The importance of the reproduction of inequality between generations has frequently been associated with family income disparity and intergenerational transmission of income.
A research team from the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), composed of Professor Xavier St-Denis and researchers Gaëlle Simard-Duplain and Winnie Yang, is beginning to work on a study of the gendered dimensions of social mobility in Canada. This project received $69,980 in funding through an initiative of the Canadian Research Data Centres Network and Women and Gender Equality Canada.
In recent years, the importance of the reproduction of inequality between generations has frequently been associated with family income disparity, and more specifically with the intergenerational transmission of income from parents to their adult children. Researcher in social sciences have often examined the role of education in this process. The INRS team will look at the role of other factors underlying the dynamics of social mobility and intergenerational transfer of income.
The two years joint funding will broaden the understanding of these issues.
“Among other things, we will seek to understand how the particular challenges faced by women, including single mothers and women of immigrant background, contribute to limiting their social mobility opportunities and that of their children.”Gaëlle Simard-Duplain, researcher at the Urbanisation Culture Société Research Center
Previous research has shown that appropriate government policies can mitigate this reproduction of intergenerational inequalities. These policies would allow all children to benefit from the same opportunities, regardless of their parents’ socio-economic status. This means that, for example, children who grew up in low-income families would have a chance to move out of poverty when adults.
Xavier St-Denis’ research project will address the concept of social mobility in four studies that will focus on the following issues:
“In addition to focusing on gender differences, our research will shed light on how the intersection of gender and sexual orientation influences social mobility among sexual minorities.”Winnie Yang, researcher at the Urbanisation Culture Société Research Centre