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The "new classical" theory states that families in low-skill occupations with low levels of human capital can stay poor from one generation to the next, while families in high-skill occupations with correspondingly high levels of human capital stay wealthy, despite being endowed with the same level of ability on average. This paper proposes an informal institutional mechanism-the community-based network-through which families belonging to the same neighbourhood or kinship group can bootstrapdoi:10.1093/restud/rdq029 fatcat:g5tobgwa6vdd3cxcdpvnzr67di