In France’s beleaguered suburbs, grassroots organizations are picking up the slack and working towards a more equitable society
Despite having the highest welfare spending in the EU, France’s meritocratic approach to social mobility has faltered. Children of blue collar workers have a 10 percent chance of landing white collar jobs, and according to an Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report , it’s harder for young French immigrants to move up the social ladder than anyone else. While the state pays for education, healthcare and unemployment benefits, it has failed to foster equal economic opportunity to tackle its […]
View Original: These Groups Help Young French Immigrants Gain Social Mobility
Studies show that Arabs in Israel today fare better than the previous generation did. File photo: Arab-Israeli tech workers. Do Israelis of Middle Eastern and North African descent still suffer from economic discrimination?
For decades it’s been an issue at the heart of Israeli social and economic policy and the source of political grievances by Mizrahim going back to at least the 1970s.
Two studies, one by the Finance Ministry and the other by the government’s National Insurance Institute, say that although discrimination remains – even into the second decade of the 2000s – it has now become marginal. In fact, […]
View Original: Social Mobility in Israel Is High – but Only for Some
This article originally appeared in The London School of Economics and Political Science blog British Politics and Policy on July 25, 2017.
Generations of British and American children have benefited from their parents’ hard work, which has contributed to many decades of strong economic growth. This has helped to ensure that, on average, children in their adult lives are economically better-off than their parents were at the same age. Authors But growth has now been weaker for many years. The absolute upward mobility taken for granted in the past, fueled by the creation of “more room at the […]
View Original: Glass floors and slow growth: A recipe for deepening inequality and hampering social mobility
The story we tell ourselves about upward income mobility is unraveling. The majority of respondents to a New America survey felt that it is harder than ever to attain a foundational element of the American dream, in which children earn more than their parents. But most respondents still believe another tenet of the American mobility narrative: that going to college creates upward mobility.
While it is true that college graduates do better in our economy than nongrads, earnings from different college degrees vary considerably. For low-income students in particular, not all college degrees are equally valuable. These and other recent […]
View Original: Leveraging new data can help low-income students climb the economic ladder, writes Michael Lawrence Collins.
No, the school choice movement isn’t motivated by mysterious racists of the past.
This morning, a New York Times op-ed contributor went full Rousas Rushdoony. Never go full Rushdoony.
One of the more amusing aspects of life as a conservative Christian is reading liberals writing about conservative Christians — especially writing about conservative Christian political causes. There’s a formula. First, you’re told there are “dog whistle” or “hidden” reasons for the use of common terms. Second, these hidden reasons trace back to racists and Christian dominionists. Third, and finally, if you use this common language and advance mainstream conservative […]
View Original: To Defend Public Schools, the Hard Left Puts On the Tinfoil Hat
From the first, Americans have been on the move in "Great Migrations" for a better life, like those of the last century that saw poor blacks and whites go from the south for higher-paying work in northern cities. But no longer. Starting around 1980, working class Americans have largely stood still, and a primary reason is real estate prices, according to new research.
In a new paper , the University of Chicago’s Peter Ganong and Daniel Shoag say high rent in America’s most economically vibrant areas make these moves a money loser for lower-skilled workers.
Why it matters: Their […]
View Original: The Great Stagnation: Americans stopped moving to find work
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 […]
View Original: Thirteen Economic Facts about Social Mobility and the Role of Education
Despite the long-held belief that high levels of inequality in the US signal future opportunity, a number of studies suggest that this is no longer the reality. This column examines trends in inequality from the perspective of well-being and focuses on non-economic aspects of welfare, including hope. The results reveal stark differences across people, races, and places in the US. Poor minorities – and blacks in particular – are much more hopeful than poor whites, while urban places are more hopeful than are rural ones, as are places with higher levels of diversity.
The US is as divided as […]
View Original: A Tale of Two Americas: The High Costs of Being Poor in a Rich Land
Illustration: Jonathan Bartlett This is Not Your Parents’ Economy
Inequality is putting the American Dream in peril.
By Rebecca Beyer M elissa Agnew lives in Charlotte, N.C., a city that ranks high on affordability scales. It’s said to be one of the most desirable places to purchase a home, and a top destination for job-seeking college graduates and newlyweds.But Agnew doesn’t own a home or have a college degree. She went through a painful divorce several years ago, and, even though she was working at the time, the city was anything but affordable for her when she suddenly became […]
View Original: This is Not Your Parents’ Economy
Camille Busette I’m Camille Busette , I’m a senior fellow in Governance Studies and I head up the new Race, Place, and Economic Mobility initiative here at Brookings.
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I grew up in a variety of places actually, which I think has made me very much who I am. I was born in Los Angeles. I grew up in New York City, and then toward the end of high school my family moved to Sacramento, California where I finished up high school; and then I went on to University of California, Berkeley for […]
View Original: Meet Camille Busette, new director of the Race, Place, and Economic Mobility Initiative