Declining Economic Opportunity in America

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Declining Economic Opportunity in America

Abstract

America has always called itself "the land of opportunity." Reality has never quite matched the rhetoric, but a number of factors historically have brought America progressively closer to that ideal. The continued expansion of opportunities to previously excluded groups, the extension of education to an ever-increasing share of the population, and the impressive economic growth that prevailed for many years all made it easier for opportunity to spread broadly through the population.

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