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Upward Mobility

New Markle Foundation Book Points the Way Forward On Education and Opportunity

Felix W. Ortiz III | Posted 06.24.2015 | Business
Felix W. Ortiz III

Despite rapid innovations in technology in the last decade, America, and in particular the middle class, is still muddled in an economic slowdown.

In a Case Very Few Are Discussing the Supreme Court Could Hugely Increase the Racial Wealth Gap

Sean McElwee | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Conservatives believe that if blacks and Latinos simply work hard, get a good education and earn a good income, historical racial wealth gaps will disappear. The problem is that this sentiment ignores the ways that race continues to affect Americans today.

Why Tech Companies and Community Colleges Should Form Deeper Partnerships

Felix W. Ortiz III | Posted 06.14.2015 | Education
Felix W. Ortiz III

The time is ripe for community colleges to start partnering up with young tech companies. I'm proud that our company is leading the industry in forging a new kind of relationship.

Upward Mobility in America Is Stagnant. Here's How Community College Helps Fix It.

Felix W. Ortiz III | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Felix W. Ortiz III

People across the political spectrum might disagree on the causes of why mobility has stagnated, but it is obvious that more education, and especially a scaling up of community college education, should be part of the solution.

The Grand Republican Strategy: We Win, You Pay!

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

You never hear the reformocons talk about arithmetic in their speeches. They talk about inequality and upward mobility and the American middle class. They talk about all sorts of expensive new plans, and they never mention that there's a catch.

Are We the World's Most Anti-Worker Nation?

Les Leopold | Posted 02.14.2015 | Business
Les Leopold

Not only do we rank 26th in median wealth, we also are the most anti-employee country in the developed world. Actually, the two go together because rising inequality results from our pro-Wall Street and anti-worker policies.

Revisiting the Land of Opportunity

Wray Herbert | Posted 02.03.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

Fewer and fewer Americans, including many middle-class Americans, believe that they can even preserve their existing standard of living -- or that their children will do any better. But how accurate are these perceptions?

Why Turning Out the Vote Makes a Huge Difference in Four Charts

Sean McElwee | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Recent studies of the non-voting population suggests that wide gaps have opened up between voters and non-voters.

Next Time Someone Says 'White Privilege Isn't Real,' Show Them This

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 10.21.2014 | Business

Think white privilege doesn't exist in America? Consider just how much the color of a child's skin changes his or her odds of escaping poverty later in life.

What Would the Last 50 Years Look Like Without Rapidly Growing Inequality?

Sean McElwee | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The rich won't be so easy to persuade -- in a massively unequal society, even modest economic growth still benefits economic elites. Don't worry about growth, worry about inequality.

Five Reasons Why Democracy Hasn't Fixed Inequality

Sean McElwee | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

In a market economy, the median voter's income will invariably be below the national average creating an apparently compelling opportunity for a politics of redistribution. This makes the sustained increase in income inequality in the United States and other developed countries a bit of a puzzle.

Is There An American Dream For Black Children?

Sean McElwee | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The American Dream has always been defined by upward mobility, but for black Americans, it's harder to get into the middle class, and a middle-class lifestyle is more precarious.

Five Signs We're Not A 'Post-Racial' Society

Sean McElwee | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

It's impossible to delineate every way race affects us every day, but a cursory examination of major structural racial problems can give us a feeling for how far we still have to go.

College for the Rich

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 06.14.2014 | College
Adam Kirk Edgerton

Carlos, along with millions of others, is realizing that because of our unwillingness to fund public higher education, the promise of college is a lie.

Spike is Right! Housing Discrimination is NYC's Hidden Disgrace (Pt 2)

Antonia Marrero | Posted 05.05.2014 | New York
Antonia Marrero

With undercover agents, Fair Housing Justice Center has exposed an epidemic of housing discrimination on the basis of skin color, disability, source of income and LGBTQ identity in every NYC neighborhood.

Spike Is Right! Crooked Landlords Terrorize Brooklyn Tenants (Pt 1)

Antonia Marrero | Posted 05.05.2014 | New York
Antonia Marrero

This development has brought incredible resources to the area, but the rent-regulated homes of Williamsburg are being systematically and violently dismantled by crooked landlords.

It's About Time, and Long Overdue

Darryl Woodard | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Darryl Woodard

"I ask you to ensure that humanity is served by wealth and not ruined by it." -- Pope Francis message to the World Economic Forum Meeting 2014 The Wo...

America: Land of Opportunity

Rep. Earl Pomeroy | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business
Rep. Earl Pomeroy

S ESOPs are creating the good, paying jobs we need to sustain economic growth and give more workers opportunities for upward mobility. This model can help grow our economy and help our workers and middle-class families. That should be our clear and continuing goal.

We Should Focus on Inequality, Not Upward Mobility

Sean McElwee | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

A new "bipartisan consensus" is brewing: 2014 will be the year in which Very Serious People argue that America's primary economic goal should be increasing social mobility, not decreasing inequality.

Preserving and Strengthening Access

Lisa S. Coico | Posted 03.25.2014 | College
Lisa S. Coico

Ever since Townsend Harris established The Free Academy, the precursor to The City College of New York, in 1847, access to affordable public higher education has been a pathway to upward mobility for millions of Americans. I happen to be one of them.

If You Want the American Dream, Go to Finland

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The American dream --- the notion of equal opportunity for all, the chance to pull yourself up by your boot straps and make something of yourself --- is gone.

Redistribution: The 'R' Word

Ron Davis | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Ron Davis

The President has announced that he wants to tackle inequality and the lack of upward mobility for poor Americans. He has many ideas for doing so, and many involve redistribution. But he smartly avoids mentioning the "R" word.

The American Dream, Compared

Fiona Citkin, Ph.D. | Posted 02.08.2014 | Business
Fiona Citkin, Ph.D.

Compared with the European and Chinese dreams, the American Dream is alive, evolving, and shining. However, we must honor all its four components: reducing it to only economic prosperity and thus presenting US-Americans as primitive fame-and-fortune hunters is unfair.

Your Income Mobility Depends A Lot On Your Location: Study

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 07.22.2013 | Business

The secret to getting ahead in life is apparently the same as the secret to real estate: location. A new paper by economists at Harvard and Berkele...

Awakening From the American Dream

Sean McElwee | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Sean McElwee

America is the land of the "American Dream." And yet, recent research shows that social mobility is not a vibrant as a Horatio Alger novel implies.