Wallice Ao is a graduate student in Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her main research focus is on the interdisciplinary study of social inequality, with particular interests in intergenerational mobility and behavioral genetics. Her current work focuses on understanding the interplay of genetics, parental effects and social influences on intergenerational mobility, attempting to explain the mechanisms behind the observed levels of intergenerational persistence of socioeconomic status across generations. Additionally, she is attempting to develop new approaches to the measurements of the respective roles of genetic and environmental factors that move beyond conventional approaches and overcome identification problems that have been shown to plague much of the classical behavioral genetics literature.
University of Wisconsin–Madison