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Restoring America’s Economic Mobility

Frank Buckley
Author, The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America Frank Buckley is a Foundation Professor at Scalia Law School at George Mason University, where he has taught since 1989. Previously he was a visiting Olin Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, and he has also taught at McGill Law School, the Sorbonne, and Sciences Po in Paris. He received his B.A. from McGill University and his LL.M. from Harvard University. He is a senior editor of The American Spectator and the author of several books, including The Once and Future King: The Rise of […]

Andrew Stefan Weiner: “Trumpism and/as Violence”

This piece was originally presented by the author at State of Emergency: Politics, Aesthetics, Trumpism, a public forum that took place at New York University on December 10, 2016.

by Andrew Stefan Weiner

Over the past several years it has become more common for scholars and activists to rely on the concept of structural violence, along with the closely related ideas of systemic and institutional violence. In the US, these concepts are typically invoked in critical analyses of problems like climate change, mass incarceration, and the complex networks of discriminatory oppression associated with class, race and ethnicity, able-bodiedness, […]

Many middle-class University students find tuition difficult to manage


LSA junior Joshua Rabotnick moved from Los Angeles in August 2016 to attend the University of Michigan, but cannot afford the tuition bill without loans.

LSA freshman Andrea Perez, an in-state student, is in the same situation as Rabotnick. Two families, both in the middle-class income level, struggle to pay for a degree from the University.

Despite a report from the Equality of Opportunity Project saying the median family income for a student at the University is $154,000, in the same report the University was ranked last in economic social mobility of 25 highly selective public universities.With students facing debt after […]

Want to Fix Income Inequality in America?


Then make college tuition free.

Higher education is the key to economic mobility in America. A recent study , with unprecedented access to individual and family incomes, has proven the case for this proposition beyond a reasonable doubt. The study confirms what families already know, and why paying for their children’s college education is a high priority topic of conversation at kitchen tables across America. Governors in states as diverse as New York , Rhode Island , Tennessee , and Oregon are addressing this challenge by leading efforts to make their colleges tuition free and winning wide public support from […]

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is endorsing online schools, but student scores may indicate a big problem

betsy devos

Betsy DeVos testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. It was the best of times and the worst of times for virtual schools, which allow students to go to school without ever stepping into a school building.

Online schools received yet another hearty endorsement last Friday from the new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who doubled down on her opinion that these schools should expand – without any hint that she recognizes there are serious quality-control issues.

Meanwhile, an important study published last week in […]

Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy

The New Press

For at least the past 10 years, traditional colleges have been closely watching the rise and fall of the for-profit sector.

Some experts point to minimal regulation, heavy recruitment and a lack of student knowledge about college choices to explain why the for-profit sector became so popular and saw a boom in student enrollment in the mid-2000’s. Others point to the Obama administration’s increased regulation and students’ knowledge of the higher education system as reasons for the for-profit sector’s decline. But in Tressie McMillan Cottom’s new book, (The New Press) , she points to another factor — credentialism.Tressie […]

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

Dive Brief:

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 […]

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 […]