Here’s More Proof the American Dream Is Dying

(Photo: Roberto Machado Noa/Getty Images) Recent surveys show that more Americans than ever are convinced that the national ethos—“Work hard and get rich”—is a myth. According to a new analysis released Thursday by Pew Charitable Trusts’ Economic Mobility Project, the relationship between class and family background is even stronger than was previously estimated.

The connection between social mobility and background may seem like an obvious one, but prior data limitations precluded an accurate estimation of the strength. “Our very simple, just-the-facts goal is to reduce that uncertainty,” says David Grusky, director of Stanford University’s Center on Poverty and Inequality and […]