Category Archives: Mobility

The South Has the Fastest-Growing Economies and the Least Economic Mobility for the Poor


Atlanta (Source: Wikimedia Commons) The South is booming from an economic standpoint. For proof of this, one need only look at cities such as Atlanta , Austin, Charlotte, Dallas, Orlando and Raleigh to understand there is a new South. Of the 20 cities listed on Forbes’ “fastest-growing cities in 2016” list, eight are in the South. Despite this reality, poor people in the South are not sharing in this growth. It is in Dixie — the former Confederacy, the Jim Crow states — where children have the toughest chance of getting ahead. This is where people have the lowest […]

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 […]

Get Smart: Three Ways of Thinking to Make Better Decisions and Achieve Results


“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
— Abraham Lincoln

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Your ability to think clearly determines the decisions you make and the actions you take.In Get Smart!: How to Think and Act Like the Most Successful and Highest-Paid People in Every Field , author Brian Tracy presents ten different ways of thinking that enable better decisions. Better decisions free up your time and improve results. At Farnam Street, we believe that a multidisciplinary approach based on mental models allows you to gauge situations from different perspectives and […]

The American Dream Hinges on Family


If Republicans want to improve working-class social mobility, they should pursue policies that put the family first.

Editor’s Note: This piece was written in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation as part of their “Opportunity 2017: An Agenda to Increase Prosperity.”

One of the most troubling trends of our time is the decline in economic opportunity. From the early 20th century until the 1980s, children consistently out-earned their parents. Then the tide stopped rising and children’s odds of out-earning their parents became entirely random, as Stanford economist Raj Chetty has shown.This sorry state of affairs persists today. […]

Americans Are Skeptical That Hard Work Will Pay Off

A worker walks across a factory floor in front of an American flag

Hard work isn’t enough to climb the economic ladder. Hard work is often touted as the key American virtue that leads to success and opportunity. And there’s lots of evidence to suggest that workers buy into the belief: For example, a recent study found that Americans work 25 percent more hours than Europeans, and that U.S. workers tend to take fewer vacation days and retire later in life. But for many, simply working hard doesn’t actually lead to a better life. In the past, economists have acknowledged that citing hard work as the path to prosperity is overly simplistic […]

Stephen Moore: Government makes the poor poorer


For all the obsessing in Washington regarding income inequality, why isn’t there more outrage about government policies that exacerbate the problem? There are hundreds of programs that increase poverty in America. Last week, at the Heritage Foundation forum on this very topic, my colleagues exposed many of these programs.

Economist Don Boudreaux, of George Mason University, unmasked two such policies. One is trade protectionism. Trade barriers raise prices and act as a regressive tax on Americans, Boudreaux explains. They also stunt the very process of innovation that makes goods and services widely available to people at affordable prices to begin […]

How Did America’s Wealth Inequality Reach This Level of Toxic?


Photo Credit: nuvolanevicata / Shutterstock The following is an adapted excerpt from the new book Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future by Thomas M. Shapiro. Copyright © 2017. Available from Basic Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc.:

In recent years, as living standards for many families have declined and productivity, income, and wealth gains have flowed to the very top, a new conversation about inequality has emerged in the United States. The Occupy Wall Street movement, which began in the fall […]

How Did America’s Wealth Inequality Reach This Level of Toxic?


Photo Credit: nuvolanevicata / Shutterstock The following is an adapted excerpt from the new book Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future by Thomas M. Shapiro. Copyright © 2017. Available from Basic Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc.:

In recent years, as living standards for many families have declined and productivity, income, and wealth gains have flowed to the very top, a new conversation about inequality has emerged in the United States. The Occupy Wall Street movement, which began in the fall […]

Opinion: Reality check on seniors’ poverty and inequality in B.C.

A senior uses a walker in an image to illustrate stories on seniors and long-term care facilities. Photographed on Thursday September 15, 2016 in Brantford, Ontario. Brian Thompson/Brantford Expositor/Postmedia Network

Addressing the gaps in public supports for seniors need not detract from or mask the serious and growing economic insecurity experienced by younger generations. As recently as 40 years ago, old age meant living in poverty for more than a third of Canadian seniors. Thankfully, public programs like the Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement changed this, cutting B.C.’s seniors’ poverty rate to a low of 2.2 per cent in the mid-1990s, among the lowest in the Western world.

Instead of building on this social-policy success, however, we have let it lapse, and seniors’ poverty […]

Social Inequality In America Essay


Social Inequality In America Essay

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