Topic Economic Mobility

Economic mobility measures the relationship between a parent and child’s economic outcomes, usually in terms of income. Too often, an individual’s economic outcome in the United States is determined by parental resources, race, and privilege, rather than individual effort and talent. In addition, rising economic inequality over the past several decades means that the consequences of stalled or falling economic mobility have gotten worse. Equitable Growth seeks to understand how today’s inequalities could be foreclosing equality of opportunity for future generations.

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Rising income inequality exacerbates downward economic mobility

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Boosting wages when U.S. labor markets are not competitive

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JOLTS Day Graphs: November 2020 Edition

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JOLTS Day Graphs: October 2020 Edition

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In the United States, it’s not what you know but who your parents know

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JOLTS Day Graphs: September 2020 Edition

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Equitable Growth’s Household Pulse graphs: October 14 – 26

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The Intergenerational Transmission of Employers and the Earnings of Young Workers

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Voting rights equal economic progress: The Voting Rights Act and U.S. economic inequality

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The Effect of Political Power on Labor Market Inequality: Evidence from the 1965 Voting Rights Act

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Expert Focus: The consequences of economic inequality among Latinx groups in the United States

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