Harvard Study – Economic Mobility Stuck Where It Was 50 Years Ago

This should be a call-to-arms. It will, in all likelihood, be characterized by some (three guesses) as illustrating the failure, the utter failure, I tell you, of social programs and why people should get and stay married. The authors find five factors that have a strong correlation to economic mobility – segregation, income inequality, social capital, education, and family structure – but they also point out. “[W]e emphasize that these factors should not be interpreted as causal determinants of mobility . . .”

Derek Thompson, blogging at The Atlantic’s site, has this handy illustration of the report’s examination of where people can have hope, and where they can’t.



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