social-mobility

Everyone likes the idea of equal opportunity. This economist thinks it’s a fantasy.

Politicians from both parties want to make it easier to climb from the bottom of the income ladder to the top. Gregory Clark explains why that might be easier said than done.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jan 29, 2014
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The complacency of the meritocrats

Ex-Romney adviser Greg Mankiw says the rich deserve what they have and the poor get what they deserve.

  • Harold Pollack
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  • Jun 21, 2013
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No one really believes in ‘equality of opportunity’

Do conservative reformers really believe in "equality of opportunity"? Does anybody?

  • Ezra Klein
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  • May 29, 2013
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Abraham Lincoln and the costs of inequality

Americans believed we were better off if men like Lincoln -- men born to illiterate parents in log cabins -- had the ability to lead the nation. And we were right. But if class is less binding today than it was in Lincoln's time, circumstance is more binding than it was in even our parents' time.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Nov 26, 2012
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