Category Archives: Mobility

On economic mobility report card, Cornell earns top marks

Cornell helps set its students on the path to the American Dream, according to the Equality of Opportunity Project’s “Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility .”

The new study, reported in-depth by The Upshot/New York Times Jan. 18, examined millions of anonymous tax records for its mobility report card. Mobility rate was defined as the fraction of a college’s students who come from a family in the bottom fifth of the income distribution and end up in the top fifth of the income distribution.

Cornell stands as the top Ivy – on an indicator that combines access […]

Chile Is More Equal and More Prosperous Than Ever Thanks to Capitalism

Chile Is More Equal and More Prosperous Than Ever Thanks to Capitalism

Studies found younger generations have a more equitable income distribution than older generations. By Luis Alberto Ahumada Abrigo

The Chilean government is promising structural economic reforms under the premise that the current “neo-liberal model” is not creating adequate results and is contributing to rising inequality.

The government argues that change is necessary to ensure greater equality. Equality, a concept frequently praised by the political left, is prompting proponents of a statist system to advocate for the end of the current market-oriented one. However, there is little evidence to assert that Chile’s current economic model has deepened inequality. In fact, the free-market […]

Income Disparity Is Tearing Us Apart


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Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide & Threatens Our Future

By Thomas M. Shapiro Basic Books 225 pages, $28 Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It By Richard V. Reeves Brookings Institution Press 156 pages, $24 By Peter SimonThese books, although far different in style, convey the same urgent message: It is time to do something immediate and dramatic about income inequality.And that, the authors […]

NCAA Recruitment Of First Generation Athletes Is On A Serious Decline


In just a couple of decades, the system of college athletic recruitment has had a major facelift. It was once almost a cliche for recruiters to regularly visit low-income households and court the talented children of parents who never went to college. Today, recruiters appear to be more focused on athletes that can get into better high schools and AAU programs.

Tom Farrey of ESPN’s The Undefeated studied this trend in a piece entitled “The Gentrification of College Hoops .”

After obtaining data on NCAA athletes, Farrey found that the number of first generation athletes for Division-I programs had decreased in […]

Analysis of L.A. Neighborhoods Shows Rich-Poor Trust Divide


Buffalo is considering it. Pittsburgh is too. New York, San Francisco, Tallahassee and dozens more municipalities already have it. Particularly in places like Seattle, where rental prices and income inequality are rapidly increasing, inclusionary zoning is seen as a promising but complicated tool for creating more affordable housing by requiring developers to reserve a percentage of new units to be sold or rented below market price. In addition, one study found data showed that, as of 2012, inclusionary zoning was promoting economic integration. But living side by side doesn’t necessarily lead to a meaningful bridging of the income divide.

Authors […]

For Low-Income Students, Public Colleges Are The Ivy League For Economic Mobility

Our public universities and colleges are better at getting low-income students up the economic ladder than experts realized, writes Rich Barlow. But President Trump has no plan to support them. (Faustin Tuyambaze/Unsplash)

closemore Our public universities and colleges are better at getting low-income students up the economic ladder than experts realized, writes Rich Barlow. But President Trump has no plan to support them. (Faustin Tuyambaze/Unsplash) Like what you read here? Sign up for our twice-weekly newsletter .

I agree with Ronald Reagan that the best social program is a job for those who can work. If that’s true, the second best social program is a college education that prepares people for those jobs. It’s really good news, then, that our public universities and colleges are better at getting low-income students up […]

WSSU Chancellor: Student success key to social, economic mobility

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Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson Winston-Salem State University Not all college rankings are created equal. Many national rankings reward universities for their selectivity or focus on metrics like reputation, recognizing universities that spend more money to game the system.

Over the years, universities like Winston-Salem State University, which serve a large number of minorities, low-income, and first generation students, were left out.

Fortunately, over the past decade, a few college rankings have emerged that evaluate the outcomes of universities, such as whether students find jobs after graduation or whether they move up economically.These rankings are far more important to me as Chancellor.For […]

For Low-Income Students, Public Colleges Are The Ivy League For Economic Mobility

Our public universities and colleges are better at getting low-income students up the economic ladder than experts realized, writes Rich Barlow. But President Trump has no plan to support them. (Faustin Tuyambaze/Unsplash)

closemore Our public universities and colleges are better at getting low-income students up the economic ladder than experts realized, writes Rich Barlow. But President Trump has no plan to support them. (Faustin Tuyambaze/Unsplash) Like what you read here? Sign up for our twice-weekly newsletter .

I agree with Ronald Reagan that the best social program is a job for those who can work. If that’s true, the second best social program is a college education that prepares people for those jobs. It’s really good news, then, that our public universities and colleges are better at getting low-income students up […]

Are Michigan colleges serving as engines of economic mobility?

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I’m generally not a fan of measuring a college’s value by the incomes of their graduates. If a high proportion of a school’s alumni enter a lower-paid field like social work, I don’t think this should count against the college. In addition, simply looking at salary data ignores the significant non-pecuniary benefits of getting a college degree.

That said, a set of data on earnings by college released last month from economist Raj Chetty and others – who’ve published a series of recent studies documenting mobility and opportunity in America – is worth paying attention to. Their data is interesting […]

Where the American Dream Lives and Dies


An intersection in Otero County, Ohio, which was hit hard during the recession. Rags-to-riches stories , like Benjamin Franklin’s , have always captured the American imagination. They feed the narrative of the American Dream—that from humble beginnings, a scrappy, hardworking person can become prosperous, and afford opportunities his or her parents did not have. Through booms and recessions, people have bought into this myth .

The problem is: The American Dream lives and dies at the local level. Harvard economist Raj Chetty has shown that conditions in our neighborhoods are really what shape our ability to escape poverty and determine […]