Brief Declining Economic Opportunity in America
Isabel V. Sawhill, Daniel P. McMurrer
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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.
Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Education Wealth and financial well-being Social safety net
Tags Poverty Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Employment and income data Income and wealth distribution