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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 […]

Most Iowa wages have stagnated. But the rich keep getting richer.

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Grant and Katelyn Hobin work multiple jobs to pay off student loans while they wait to have a family. Buy Photo When her coworkers ask her to join them for a lunch out, Katelyn Hobin often declines, choosing to pinch pennies where she can.

A Des Moines social worker, Hobin never expected to be rich: She earned a liberal arts degree from a private college and entered a notoriously low-paying profession.

But she also never expected to find herself here.At 32, she’s still paying off student loans. Both she and her husband, Grant, a teacher, have part-time jobs in addition to […]

Strong tech skills can drive UK economic growth, social mobility – study

An increase in technology skills can help boost social mobility and economic growth in the UK, adding GBP 11 billion to GDP by 2022, according to a new report from BT and Accenture .

The report examines how people use technology today, as well as their current and future expectations of technology. It is based on data from 4,000 young people (aged 16-24) and 1,000 Gen Xers (aged 41-50). It shows that people with higher levels of technology knowledge could earn up to GBP 10,000 a year more than others as their careers progress.

However, the report warns that the technology […]

Today’s News from Inside Higher Ed


Although university leaders speak frequently about college as a driver of social mobility, opining on the need to expand access to poor and underserved populations, inequality permeates American higher education.

A new book attempts to quantify just how different top colleges are from their less selective peers — and how institutions’ fortunes have changed since the 1970s. That book, Unequal Colleges in the Age of Disparity ( Harvard University Press ), by economist Charles Clotfelter, shows American undergraduate education is less equal today than it was half a century ago. It also explores the many forces contributing to that change.

Clotfelter, […]

Shocking Statistics Show Just How Rich America Is


Unlike the majority of countries, those in America enjoy the promise of economic mobility regardless of where they stand on the economic ladder.

In fact, when you see statistical analysis about how much wealth “the top 1%” has, or how well the “top 20%” is doing relative to the “bottom 20%” over time, we’re comparing people to themselves at different stages at their lives, not rich and poor.

How often have you seen a headline playing off the “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer” motif? We’ll hear that the top 20% (but more often the much maligned top […]

Jobs that use inequalities

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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 […]

Shocking Statistics Show Just How Rich America Is


Unlike the majority of countries, those in America enjoy the promise of economic mobility regardless of where they stand on the economic ladder.

In fact, when you see statistical analysis about how much wealth “the top 1%” has, or how well the “top 20%” is doing relative to the “bottom 20%” over time, we’re comparing people to themselves at different stages at their lives, not rich and poor.

How often have you seen a headline playing off the “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer” motif? We’ll hear that the top 20% (but more often the much maligned top […]

How to future-proof the West’s economies

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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 […]