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Rick Santorum Is Right About Europe

One of the more unexpected moments in Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate came when Rick Santorum suggested that Europe might do better than the United States in some regards. “I just read a recent study,” he said, “that income mobility from the bottom two quintiles up into the middle income is actually greater in Europe than it is in America today.”

Santorum seemed to be implying that this was a new phenomenon, but it predates the current economic slump. Although polls show that Americans have long been more optimistic than Europeans about their chances of getting ahead in life, it’s not necessarily true. The Economic Mobility Project, run by the Pew Charitable Trusts, has been documenting this phenomenon for some time. Here’s a 2007 report by Julia Isaacs of the Brookings Institution pointing out that a person’s economic fortunes are much more tied to his parents in the United States than they are in Europe:

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