Report: Mid-level public institutions excel at economic mobility for grads

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Elite private institutions are the nation’s best at helping low-income students become high-earning graduates, but mid-level public institutions, like California State University – Los Angeles, are among the nation’s best at producing the greatest number of graduates moving from one economic status to a higher tier of household earnings.

Campus Technology profiles a recent study from the Equality of Opportunity Project, which scores institutions which accept students from the bottom fifth of average income on their ability to send graduates out who place among the nation’s top fifth in average income. While students from the […]



1 INCOME INEQUALITY: ANALYSIS AND RECOMMENDATION USING THE BARDACH METHOD A Thesis Presented to the faculty of the Department of Public Policy and Administration California State University, Sacramento Submitted in partial satisfaction of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION by Michael W. Billingsley SPRING 2014

2 2014 Michael W. Billingsley ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ii3 INCOME INEQUALITY: ANALYSIS AND RECOMMENDATION USING THE BARDACH METHOD A Thesis by Michael W. Billingsley Approved by:, Committee Chair Robert W. Wassmer, Ph.D., Second Reader Su Jin Jez, Ph.D. Date iii4 Student: Michael W. Billingsley I certify that this […]

In Charlotte, it’s especially tough to climb the economic ladder

Voters outside a polling place in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Voters outside a polling place in Charlotte, North Carolina. – Eastway Drive winds through Charlotte, N.C. for miles. At one end, the road is dotted with modest apartments, laundromats, and small retail complexes.

The eastern part of the city is mixed-income, but with pockets of deep poverty, explained Brenda Tindal, a historian with the Levine Museum of the New South . The Grier Heights neighborhood, for example, has a median income of less than $17,000.

But just a few blocks away, you enter SouthPark , and the scene shifts dramatically.Tindal pointed to what she called "beautiful, beautiful homes," many adorned with […]

What’s Limiting Upward Economic Mobility?

Work hard and you’ll achieve success and have a higher income than your parents. That’s the American dream. Yet thousands of struggling Americans are realizing that determination isn’t always enough, and it’s difficult to get ahead when you’re always behind. Here are five important things to know about economic mobility challenges holding people back. 1. Income inequality is real

You’re not imagining it. Income inequality is widening. While underlying causes are hotly debated, the reality is that income has shifted upward . At the same time, people living in low-income communities and middle neighborhoods can have fewer paths to […]

Thirteen Economic Facts about Social Mobility and the Role of Education

This Hamilton Project policy memo provides thirteen economic facts on the growth of income inequality and its relationship to social mobility in America; on the growing divide in educational opportunities and outcomes for high- and low-income students; and on the pivotal role education can play in increasing the ability of low-income Americans to move up the income ladder. Chapter 1: Inequality Is Rising against a Background of Low Social Mobility

Central to the American ethos is the notion that it is possible to start out poor and become more prosperous: that hard work—not simply the circumstances you were […]

Get you somebody who can do both


Earlier this month at an event titled “Higher Education and Upward Mobility”, Stanford economist Raj Chetty presented findings from the Equality of Opportunity Project . This study of intergenerational income mobility was possible because its team of leading economists was given access to millions of anonymised tax records several years ago. I first heard about the project late last year when the New York Times related one of a key finding on intergenerational income mobility changes over time: for those born since 1980, the likelihood of making more money than your parents has sharply declined .

The event, held at […]

LSESU Social Mobility: “The majority of people at LSE are unaware of their economic privilege“

I never believed I would fit in at LSE. Before coming to university, I strongly believed that there would be no people from my race or social class at the university, which was a huge psychological barrier for me.

Despite the fact that I knew perfectly well how to assimilate into social and cultural settings that were foreign to me since I had attended one of the top state grammar schools in the country, I realised that I could never be myself or ‘let my hair down’ in these settings. This policing of my nature and culture included not […]

It’s not the economy; it’s education

Democrats are searching for a plan to bridge the deep political gulf between the white, working-class voters who supported Donald Trump and the urban, professional, LGBT voters and people of color who supported Hillary Clinton. The major parties are becoming foreign countries to each other — with their own media, values and vocabularies. The solution: Focus on the yawning educational divide that underlies the political one.

Educational attainment separates Americans geographically, politically, economically and culturally. College graduates backed Clinton by a nine-point margin. Voters without a college degree backed Trump. Clinton won more votes among college-educated whites than Barack Obama […]

Job Flexibility Helps Poor People Move to the Middle Class

It’s been well documented that one of the best predictors of a person’s economic status is the economic standing of their parents. While that’s good news for those whose parents are well-off, it’s really bad news for economic mobility. A new study from the St. Louis Fed attempts to discern precisely what factors contribute to this phenomenon, and how those factors might be manipulated to increase economic mobility in America.

The paper’s authors, George-Levi Gayle and Limor Golan of Washington University in St. Louis; and Mehmet A. Soytas of Ozyegin University, looked at several characteristics to figure out the factors […]

America’s ‘big-league’ problem

If you are one of the lucky few who grew up poor but managed to thrust yourself into the middle class or beyond with an advanced degree, then you might have noticed a change in how you speak. The language of the educated is fundamentally more rigid: Words have more precise definitions and grammar is strict. Nuance becomes significantly easier, albeit at the expense of general understanding.

This language barrier is a “big-league” problem and it’s not new. Americans love rags-to-riches stories. The belief that your success should be based on hard work and not, say, race or title, is […]