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Five Facts About Achieving the American Dream

Before we get to our list of facts, I want to tell you about a dark and dingy room in the basement of the Institute for Social Research building at the University of Michigan.

I went there not too long ago with a U of M researcher named Fabian Pfeffer. He unlocked a creaky metal gate, and rolled open a set of shelves full of of brown file folders.


Last week, the Pew Economic Mobility Project released a study on the American Dream—the study, by the way, used data from the PSID.

One of the key findings is that a pretty big majority—84 percent of Americans—earn more money than their parents.

Erin Currier is the director of Pew’s Economic Mobility Project. She says this fact gives tangible evidence for people that the American Dream is alive.

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