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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The impact of neighborhood disparities on intergenerational mobility and economic growth in the United States

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The importance of neighborhoods and intergenerational economic inequality in the United States

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JOLTS Day Graphs: September 2021 Edition

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Testimony by Michelle Holder before the Joint Economic Committee

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Supporting American Indian tribal sovereignty boosts economic outcomes for those on reservation lands

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JOLTS Day Graphs: August 2021 Edition

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Equitable Growth welcomes two new Dissertation Scholars for 2021–22 academic year

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JOLTS Day Graphs: July 2021 Edition

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