Opinion: America's Mobility Scorecard
In America, we believe that anyone can grow up to be anything.
You want to be president? Go for it. Among recent presidents, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Lyndon Johnson and Dwight Eisenhower all came from modest backgrounds. Of course, not everyone will be president, which is why, for most people, one litmus test for how well America works is whether they rise above their parents economically.
Guess what? The long-term trends here are surprisingly good. In the shadow of the Great Recession, that’s a refreshing contrast to the prevailing gloom. A new report from the Pew Mobility Project, a nonpartisan research group, compares the incomes of forty-somethings now with their parents at a similar age in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Read the full opinion piece at washingtonpost.com.
- Economic Mobility Project