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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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  • January 5, 2012

    The Loss of Upward Mobility in the U.S.

    Economic mobility is becoming a more prominent issue in the 2012 Republican presidential race, and will likely be widely discussed in the general election. more

  • January 4, 2012

    Harder for Americans to Rise From Lower Rungs

    American life is built on the faith that people can rise from humble origins to economic heights. But many researchers have reached a conclusion that turns conventional wisdom on its head: Americans enjoy less economic mobility than their peers in Canada and much of Western Europe.

     

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  • January 3, 2012

    We Feel Rich Enough

    Just one percent of Americans mention inequality when asked what is the most important problem facing the country.

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  • January 3, 2012

    Good News on Income Mobility

    I’ve been meaning to write about income mobility for a while, and this new piece by one of my favorite economists in town, the Brookings Institution’s Scott Winship, prompts me to finally get around to it. What better way to start the new year than by learning that the American dream still lives on?

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  • December 26, 2011

    A Brainpower Revolution

    This is a moment when policymakers should be thinking big, not small. History will little note nor long remember that the payroll tax holiday was extended for two months rather than 12. The complex and difficult questions we’re avoiding, however, may haunt us through the century.

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  • December 22, 2011

    Campaigning on the Equity Card

    The richest Americans generally don’t have the loudest voices when it comes to politics—billionaires don’t have to shout to make their preferences known. But in recent months, as President Obama has cast the widening divide between the rich and the poor in the United States as unfair and unjust, prominent members of the “1 percent” have had an unusually public message for him: Cool it.

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  • December 19, 2011

    The Marriage Gap Presents a Real Cost

    If current trends hold, within a few years, less than half the U.S. adult population will be married. This precipitous decline isn’t just a social problem. It’s also an economic problem.

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  • December 16, 2011

    What Keeps the American Dream Alive?

    President Obama’s recent speech on income inequality and upward mobility has struck a chord with many Democrats. If the President keeps using this rhetoric, then it could become a central message of the 2012 campaign. If this happens, I would also bet that Elizabeth Warren will give the keynote speech at the Democratic Convention in 2012.

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  • December 16, 2011

    How President Obama's Economic Message Could Backfire in 2012

    A majority of Americans believe the government is helping the "wrong" people. Whether Obama's message succeeds depends on who those people are. If there was anything notable about President Obama’s speech in Osawatomie, Kansas last week, it was the extent to which he attacked economic inequality in the United States, and its deletrious effects on income mobility.

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  • December 16, 2011

    Do Expensive Homes Make for Wealthy Kids?

    It seems like common sense: Children from wealthier families tend to do better, while children from poorer families have a tougher time climbing the ladder. Today comes one piece of evidence showing exactly how precarious that ladder climb can be for families of modest means.

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