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Charlotte’s big report on economic mobility was a letdown — because the city is anxious for action

More than 20 minutes before a blue-ribbon commission unveiled its vision for eliminating disparities in Charlotte, the sizable parking deck outside the Government Center was closed off.

It was full. Yet people still streamed down the sidewalks of Second Ward to hear the presentation.

In one of the most visible shows of civic cooperation and muscle in recent memory, business and political leaders spent nearly two hours Monday morning discussing a new report full of strategies to alleviate poverty and help people climb the economic ladder.The event drew dignitaries from all corners of Charlotte. But the much-anticipated report left much still […]

Economic Mobility and the Mortality Crisis Among US Middle-aged Whites

To the Editor:

Recent studies demonstrate an alarming rise in mortality rates among middle-aged white Americans in recent decades. 1–4 These studies hypothesize that an underlying cause of this phenomenon is the growing realization among some members of this age group that they will not achieve a better standard of living than their parents, leading to destructive health behaviors. Put differently, this hypothesis ties the prospects of upward mobility to health outcomes in white middle-aged Americans. While conceptually attractive, this link has not been explicitly studied. Our study addressed this gap by examining whether county-level economic opportunity was associated […]

Military Economy-Corollary 8

Military spending not only hurts economic growth as the last press release found, but many interesting corollaries spring from that central finding.

The 8 Indirect Military Economics Corollaries and dates:

Nobel Economics Prize Perversion 12-29-16Low Level Military Defense 12-5-15Creating Economic Model, 28 Steps 2-14-15Military Money and Power 8-10-14Military States Political Dominance 4-26-14Banking and the Military 1-2-14What Does Healthcare Have to Do with Empire? 12-13-13Why Were Murder and Crime Cut in Half in the Nineties? 12-5-1 3 Nobel Economics Prize Perversion 12-29-16 This shows how economists do not even believe it’s possible to develop a science of economics. I […]

Despite fewer mobility barriers, millennials are staying put

Dive Brief:

Millennials today are changing addresses less often than previous generations did in their 20s and 30s despite facing fewer traditional barriers to geographic mobility — such as marriage, a mortgage and having children — according to a report from the Pew Research Center , which cites new Census Bureau data.

In 2016, 20% of millennials ages 25 to 35 said they lived at a different address in 2015 compared to 26% of their peers in each of 1963 and 2000 who said they had moved during the previous year. Slow recovery in the job market, a […]

Would Mike Ilitch’s story be possible today?


Buy Photo Mike Ilitch lived an extraordinary life.

Son of Macedonian immigrants, he was a working-class kid who served in the Marines and got a tryout with the Detroit Tigers organization. Ilitch parlayed grit, creativity, a good marriage and a passion for his hometown into becoming one of the richest and most famous Detroiters of his time.

His was the kind of achievement that the American Dream has tended to proffer its most talented and hard-working youth. From Henry Ford to Steve Jobs, America’s saga is replete with these rags-to-riches stories.But it’s fair to ask whether a life such as Ilitch’s […]

The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality


PATHWAYS • The Poverty and Inequality Report 2016

economic mobilityKEY FINDINGS• When compared to 24 middle-income and high- income countries, the U.S. ranks 16th in the amount of intergenerational earnings mobility.• The relatively low level of mobility in the U.S. may arise in part because low-income children in the U.S. tend to have less stable and lower- income families, less secure families, and parents who have less time to devote to their children.It is often claimed that there is much tolerance in the U.S. for high levels of inequality, as long as that inequal- ity arises from […]

Which Illinois Colleges Are Best for Income Equality, Mobility (and Marriage)?

One of the advantages to academic research is that, because of the deference given to researchers, they can get their hands on data that is not given to mere mortals. And one of the more remarkable datasets I’ve seen comes from a new paper led by Stanford economist Raj Chetty, whose current research focuses on equality of opportunity—and whose data became the centerpiece for a fascinating new dataviz from the New York Times .

Chetty and his co-authors obtained attendance rolls from all Title IV colleges and universities for students who attended between 1999-2004, the 1980-1982 birth cohort (meaning I’m […]

Yikes: Wesleyan Ranks 1972nd in Economic Mobility for Low Income Students

Winter Wesleyan, Jan. 20, 2012.

“The numbers are always underwritten by the real struggles against classism and the impactful activism of low-income students.” [Updated 1/24/17, 9:45AM] The infographic has the minimum wage at Wesleyan listed at $9.60. This was the wage for 2016, but the state of Connecticut raised the wage to $10.10 effective Jan. 2017.

For countless cycles of matriculation, prospective Wes students have been concerned about our reputation on College Confidential. TBT amirite? This worry soon goes away (hopefully), for a variety of reasons. Despite our Forbes ranking of #9 in the country last year, I’d say most of us still don’t […]

Women are less happy than men in marriage, but society pretends it isn’t true


Lisa Wade, Ph.D. , is a professor at Occidental College. She is the author of American Hookup , a book about college sexual culture, and a textbook about gender .

To Post Secret , a project that collects personal secrets written artistically onto postcards, someone recently sent in the following bombshell: "Ever since we started getting married and buying houses," she writes, "my girlfriends and I don’t laugh much anymore."

Her personal secret is, in fact, a national one.It’s part of what has been called the "paradox of declining female happiness."Women have more rights and opportunities than they have had […]

Strengthening the Three Pillars of the American Dream: Education, Work, and Marriage

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To promote economic mobility, we must strengthen families, improve education, and increase access to good jobs. Tweet this

"Social policy faces an uphill battle as long as families continue to fragment," scholar Isabel Sawhill warns. Tweet this It’s easy to feel pessimistic about the state of American society. Poverty is widespread. Steady, well-paying jobs are scarce. Economic inequality is high, and mobility is low. Fewer adults are getting married, meaning more children are seeing their parents break up. Too many kids are stuck in failing schools, and too many young adults are stuck in dead-end jobs.These […]