How ideology distorts Americans’ perceptions of social mobility

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Survey data continue to suggest that Americans have grown increasingly pessimistic about the prospects of future generations, even as the most comprehensive research to date suggests a more complex reality.

A 2014 paper based on massive data analysis — authored by Harvard’s Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren; Patrick Kline and Emmanuel Saez of U.C. Berkeley; and Nicholas Turner of the U.S. Treasury — finds that “children entering the labor market today have the same chances of moving up in the income distribution relative to their parents as children born in the 1970s.” However, in the scholars’ “Equality […]