Economic Mobility Project

Economic Mobility Project



The Economic Mobility Project fosters policy debate and action on how best to improve economic opportunity and ensure that the American Dream is kept alive for future generations. Explore news from the project and media coverage about our work.

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Media Coverage

  • January 26, 2012

    Revisiting the American Dream: Is the U.S. Providing Fewer Opportunities to Get Ahead?

    The widening income gap has become a controversial issue in the United States, as liberals decry the decline of the middle class and conservatives argue that a healthy market economy must reward effort, enterprise and risk taking. But on the related issue of economic mobility, or individuals’ ability to move up the income ladder, most people appear to agree: Upward mobility is good. more

  • January 18, 2012

    Study: Women New Financial Winners after Divorce

    Conventional wisdom used to say women were the big financial losers after a divorce. But a new Pew survey finds women these days are actually bouncing back better than men financially.


  • January 17, 2012

    Why Are So Many Americans Falling Out of the Middle Class?

    On tonight’s Special Report with Bret Baier, James Rosen investigates the rising rate of downward mobility among the middle class. In a recent study, the Pew Charitable Trust found that 1 out of every 3 American middle class kids has fallen out of that class by the time they are an adult.


  • January 17, 2012

    Innovative State and City Government Solutions to Watch in 2012

    Although the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, communities throughout the United States are still struggling to cope with the effects of the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression. Unemployment is 8.6 percent, and income inequality is at its highest levels in decades. Despite incremental improvements over the course of 2011, metropolitan areas across America continue to suffer from sluggish hiring and lackluster growth.  


  • January 16, 2012

    Among the Wealthiest 1 Percent, Many Variations

    Adam Katz is happy to talk to reporters when he is promoting his business, a charter flight company based on Long Island called Talon Air. But when the subject was his position as one of America’s top earners, he balked. Seated at a desk fashioned from a jet fuel cell, wearing a button-down shirt with the company logo, he considered the public relations benefits and found them lacking: “It’s not very popular to be in the 1 percent these days, is it?”


  • January 13, 2012

    Bitter Politics of Envy?

    You’re just jealous. At least that’s how Mitt Romney sees it. The millionaire who posed for a picture with the boys at Bain Capital with the long green clinched between their teeth and poking out of their collars and jackets now says that people who question what he did there, and what rich people do now, are just green with envy. more

  • January 12, 2012

    The Recession’s Permanent Victims

    America will recover from today’s slump. But not all Americans. The Pew survey collects sobering data on what happens to Americans who experience sharp income losses. Most eventually struggle back to their feet. But a substantial minority never do.


  • January 11, 2012

    The Economics Of Divorce

    [Some] Pew stats on divorce that Kevin Drum highlights today (see fact sheet for more) are a good pretext for something I've been meaning to get off my chest for a while. When people look at income statistics, they often fail to explicitly account for the fact that there are tradeoffs between economic and non-economic aspects of life. more

  • January 11, 2012

    Middle Class Dropouts

    Nearly one-third of Americans who were raised in the middle class dropped down the economic ladder as adults—and that's before the Great Recession hit. more

  • January 6, 2012

    Americans Increasingly Lack Ability to Climb Economic Ladder

    Americans in 2012 enjoy less economic mobility than their peers in Canada and much of Western Europe, the New York Times reports.In recent years, at least five large studies have identified a "mobility gap" in the United States.