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Moving up: why social mobility matters

Many government programs seek to help disadvantaged people families. But how good are we at lifting people permanently out of poverty ?

Modern Australia has a long history of being a land of opportunity for newcomers. Most of the early European settlers were either convicts, domestic servants or labourers whose children enjoyed better lives than their parents had enjoyed.

The 1850’s gold rush brought fortune to many regardless of parental wealth. Post-war Australia has continued to be seen as land of opportunity, still attracting large numbers of migrants seeking to improve life for themselves and their families.The foundations of modern Australia […]

The Persistent Inequality of Neighborhoods

America’s surging economic inequality has been blamed for everything from crony capitalism to the displacement of once good-paying jobs by globalization and new technology. But according to a major recent study, the real culprit in both the growing gap between the rich and poor can be traced to the neighborhoods in which we are born and raised.

The study, which expands on the crucial ongoing work of the Harvard sociologist Robert J. Sampson and included in a larger economic mobility report from the St. Louis Fed , examines the rise of neighborhood inequality and its effects on the economic mobility […]

Jobs that use inequalities

These are both long-standing Income inequality. Did he use this market dominance to “income inequality in a capitalist system is truly beautiful” because “it provides the Millions of jobs, Did he use this market dominance to “income inequality in a capitalist system is truly beautiful” because “it provides the Millions of jobs, Goal 10—Why Addressing Inequality Matters. Management We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. And beyond simply attaining a job, the to require more education and more Apr 24, 2017 A surprising number of occupations use linear equations. inequalities example […]

Education Isn’t the Key to a Good Income

A man climbs a ladder.

One of the most commonly taught stories American schoolchildren learn is that of Ragged Dick, Horatio Alger’s 19th-century tale of a poor, ambitious teenaged boy in New York City who works hard and eventually secures himself a respectable, middle-class life. This “rags to riches” tale embodies one of America’s most sacred narratives: that no matter who you are, what your parents do, or where you grow up, with enough education and hard work, you too can rise the economic ladder.

A body of research has since emerged to challenge this national story, casting the United States not as a meritocracy […]

The Gentrification of City-Based Sitcoms

You might remember this TV show about how a group of homies got along with each other and with urban life in New York City. The characters were all in their 20s and 30s, and some of the guys in this group shared an apartment together. Some of the ladies in the group shared an apartment, too, in the same building as the guys. There was occasional romantic tension between some of the male and female buddies, and some of them even morphed into real romantic couples. There seemed to be no real point to this show other than […]

4 Ways Repealing the Estate Tax Would Expand the Racial Wealth Gap

Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) and Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) sit behind a stack of tax volumes on Capitol Hill, November 8, 2017.

The racial wealth gap in America limits economic mobility and endangers the financial stability of our country. Systematic oppression and discrimination have led to a typical white household in the United States currently maintaining 10 times more wealth than a typical African American household and almost nine times more wealth than a typical Hispanic household. These disparities exist at every income and educational level and have real consequences for working families. Over time, this reality has provided white families with greater financial security, as well as expanded opportunities for educational and economic advancement. Congress is currently debating a proposal […]

How to future-proof the West’s economies


Sure, growth could be more robust. Sure, some workers are getting left behind. Sure, corporate debt is high and markets look frothy. But those problems aren’t the biggest threat facing the economies of the United States and Europe.

What is? The answer from a group of top economic thinkers convened by POLITICO isn’t something in the economy. It’s politics .

At a time that technology is transforming society, the postwar order is being challenged and Asia is on the rise, we convened some of the smartest economic minds from both sides of the Atlantic in a working group at POLITICO headquarters. […]

Keeping the American Dream Alive

Download report (PDF) This is a guest post by NLC President Matt Zone, councilmember, Cleveland.

The promise of economic mobility and opportunity lies at the heart of America’s culture and democratic society. At its core, this promise hinges on two basic concepts: first, that everyone has a chance to improve their economic status and wellbeing through personal initiative and hard work; and second, that the benefits of economic growth reach all population groups.

The American Dream, as it is so often called, has never been fully realized in every era and for every segment of society but it has been […]

Education plays only a small part in economic success

Education plays only a small part in economic success


Share this article Most of us were brought up to believe that education is the key that opens the door to a better future. Whether this is true depends in part on how one defines a better future. If we’re just talking about upward mobility and earning power, it is not a given that education leads to greater financial success, according to a growing body of research.

In a 2014 study , the income tax records of 40 million children and their parents were analyzed to identify correlations between parent and offspring earning. The research team, comprising economists from […]

Paul Krugman: The GOP Could Create a Plutocracy That Lasts a Generation

The Trump tax plan is an all-out assault on working Americans. According to the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll , a staggering 45 percent of voters support the GOP’s latest proposal to overhaul the American tax system. While the results reflect a 3 percent dip since the House GOP introduced its legislation, that lofty figure suggests the public possesses a flimsy grasp of what the bill actually contains—and how it might hurt them personally.

In his Tuesday column, the New York Times’ Paul Krugman urges his readers to take a closer look at the fine print. Mitch McConnell recently conceded that […]