Even today, from 49 to 64 percent of British and Swedish peoples' social status is determined by that of their parents.
"Today, as some wonder about the way forward out of economic recession and fiscal crisis, the answer once again is ‘Look to Poland,'" Mitt Romney declared in a speech in Warsaw yesterday. But the secret to Poland's success, as Matt O'Brien and Matt Yglesias have noted, is aggressive currency debasement.
The idea that poor education is related to crime is pretty intuitive: good teachers are less likely to want to serve in high-crime areas, poor education makes finding non-criminal employment more difficult, crime and poor education both cluster around low-income, high-poverty neighborhoods, etc. But does tackling one problem help address the other as well?