Mercer Island Social Capital

Local implications of a Harvard sociology study

August 3, 2022

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Fascinating look at Mercer Island, from a Harvard team that combined (anonymized) Facebook data with other socioeconomic data to study economic mobility and inequality. Unsurprisingly, we score very high on upward mobility, but we score poorly on “cohesion” – lots of cliques that don’t associate with one another.

Social Capital: Mercer Island

Upper Income Mobility



Chetty, R., Jackson, M.O., Kuchler, T. et al. Social capital I: measurement and associations with economic mobility. Nature (2022).

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