Category Archives: Mobility

South Asian Americans & The Politics of Class & Income Inequality

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Sarah Madha shares a one-bedroom space with her mom and four siblings. Although it can be stressful, and for an outsider, seem unimaginable, Madha explains, “We always grew up sharing space, so we managed to make it work.”

Madha, who worked four jobs while in college, accepted that for her to keep moving forward she couldn’t dwell on her situation. Instead, her family has to constantly find ways to make ends meet.

“There isn’t time to have a special crisis about it,” she said, “If you don’t figure it out, you will end up homeless. If you don’t do it, you […]

Income inequality and economic mobility in D.C.

Income quintile and Gini score for major cities in top metro areas

In recent years, researchers have become more interested in the ways that an individual’s environment shapes their ability to climb the socioeconomic ladder. In a famous recent study , Stanford economist Raj Chetty and his coauthors looked at upward mobility, as measured by the proportion of children who went on to make more money than their parents later in life. He found that the overall D.C. commuting zone [1] had high rates of upward mobility, ranking 13 th in the 50 largest U.S. metro areas in upward mobility—and third in the probability that a child born in the poorest […]

Free exchangeClimate change and inequality


ON JULY 12, the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica disgorged a chunk of ice the size of Delaware, a small state on America’s east coast. America’s government seems unfazed by the possibility that such shifts might one day threaten Delaware itself. Its climate defiance grows not only from the power of its fossil-fuel industry and the scepticism of the Republican party, but also from a sense of insulation from the costs of global warming. This confidence is misplaced. New research indicates not only that climate change will impose heavy costs on the American economy, but also that it […]

Education and social mobility

The role of education in promoting social mobility is a matter of intense contemporary sociological and political debate. In modern societies, education – specifically the acquisition of higher educational qualifications – has become an increasingly important factor in determining which jobs people enter and their social class position. Government policy and educational institutions’ admission and certification practices can have a significant impact on social inequalities.

So what do we know, and what can the government learn, about what policies and practices can make a difference? First, funding. Evidence from international cross-sections (Ichino et al. 2009) and across US states (Mayer […]

No, iPhones Aren’t Luxury Items. They’re Economic Necessities


Apple To make it in America, you have to hustle. Fast-food worker or CEO, Uber driver or student, you have to stay connected in an economy built on the assumption that anyone is always reachable anywhere. In 2017, that means you need a smartphone.

When Apple released the iPhone in 2007, the world understood it as a gadget, a novelty, a cool thing you plunked down a handful of cash for if you were lucky enough to have the money. Then you just needed to figure out what to do with it. At first the answer was: play games and […]

Academic motivation suffers when economic mobility seems out of reach

socio-economic mobility

New studies from North-western University show that high school and college students from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds are much less motivated to overcome academic hardships when they have doubts about the likelihood of people from their backgrounds achieving upward mobility.

The new studies extend previous research demonstrating that low-SES students who see education as a viable path to upward mobility are more inclined to succeed in their educational pursuits despite the numerous academic barriers facing students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“Prior research has shown that students from low-SES backgrounds are motivated to persist during difficult academic experiences when they feel school […]

Academic Motivation Suffers When Economic Mobility Seems Out of Reach

Mesmin Destin

New studies from Northwestern University show that high school and college students from low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds are much less motivated to overcome academic hardships when they have doubts about the likelihood of people from their backgrounds achieving upward mobility.

The research, co-authored by Mesmin Destin, assistant professor of human development and social policy, and Ryan Svoboda, a PhD candidate in the Human Development and Social Policy Program in the School of Education and Social Policy, extend previous work demonstrating that low-SES students who see education as a viable path to success are more inclined to do well in […]

Academic motivation suffers when economic mobility seems out of reach

For students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, motivation to persist academically depends on their beliefs about social mobility

Studies build on psychological theories of identity and motivation

Findings highlight the importance of providing viable paths to future financial stability EVANSTON, Ill. — New studies from Northwestern University show that high school and college students from low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds are much less motivated to overcome academic hardships when they have doubts about the likelihood of people from their backgrounds achieving upward mobility.The new studies extend previous research demonstrating that low-SES students who see education as a […]

Academic motivation suffers when economic mobility seems out of reach

New studies from Northwestern University show that high school and college students from low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds are much less motivated to overcome academic hardships when they have doubts about the likelihood of people from their backgrounds achieving upward mobility.

The new studies, published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology , extend previous research demonstrating that low-SES students who see education as a viable path to upward mobility are more inclined to succeed in their educational pursuits despite the numerous academic barriers facing students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

"Prior research has shown that students from low-SES backgrounds are motivated to […]

Academic motivation suffers when economic mobility seems out of reach

EVANSTON – New studies from Northwestern University show that high school and college students from low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds are much less motivated to overcome academic hardships when they have doubts about the likelihood of people from their backgrounds achieving upward mobility.

The new studies extend previous research demonstrating that low-SES students who see education as a viable path to upward mobility are more inclined to succeed in their educational pursuits despite the numerous academic barriers facing students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“Prior research has shown that students from low-SES backgrounds are motivated to persist during difficult academic experiences when they […]