Brookings Fellow Richard Reeves explores inequality and opportunity in America with Legos, using them to explain the chances for economic success of Americans born at the bottom of the economic ladder. Reeves shows the chances that the poorest fifth of Americans have to rise to the top, based on their race, the marital status of their mothers, and their level of education.
Between 2012 and 2013, more than 26.7 million people age 18 and over moved — 17.3 million of them to a different county. Those in their 20s and 30s with a college degree were most likely to move for job reasons and to move the farthest. In that period, people poured out of declining cities … Continue reading
Using these income data, we calculate two measures of intergenerational mobility. The first, relative mobility, measures the difference in the expected economic outcomes between children from high-income and low-income families. The second, absolute upward mobility, measures the expected economic outcomes of children born to a family earning an income of approximately $30,000 (the 25th percentile … Continue reading
Social Mobility in UK / Almost three-quarters of workers who were on low pay in 2002 failed to escape
A report from the Resolution Foundation, an independent thinktank, shows that of the 4.7 million workers who were low-paid in 2002, 1.3 million (27% of the total) didn’t improve their earnings at any point during the decade and that a further 2.2 million (46%) moved in and out of low pay but had failed to escape it for good by the end of the decade Continue reading
Poverty blocks children from high-quality educational opportunities while privilege insures better schools, advanced degrees, and access to jobs linked to the networking of privilege Continue reading