Brief Economic Mobility in the United States
Daniel P. McMurrer, Isabel V. Sawhill
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The authors review a number of studies that have focused on the income gap between the rich and the poor in the United States and discuss the following topics: the relationship between size and availability of economic rewards in American society; economic mobility in the United States; and cross-national comparisons, in which economic mobility in the United States is compared to that of other countries. A table that presents U.S. mobility rates using relative quintile-to-quintile transitions covering various periods from 1967 to 1991 is included, along with an article by the authors entitled, "How Much Do Americans Move Up and Down the Economic Ladder?"
Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality International development Social safety net
Tags Poverty Income and wealth distribution