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Equality of Opportunity Project

The study of economic mobility, inequality and poverty in the U.S. is the focus of the Equality of Opportunity Project, which involves a group of researchers from Harvard, U.C. Berkley and the U.S. Treasury. The group studies intergenerational mobility and has recently published papers with interesting and important findings regarding upward mobility – or lack of – in our country.

EOP’s research found that American children today have about the same chance at upward mobility as children did 50 years ago. However, it is more difficult for individuals to access opportunities, making the “consequences of low social mobility much higher.” Researchers also found that ‘place’ is of great importance; some locations have more opportunities thereby increasing the chance of upward mobility.  Local and regional variables matter a great deal and the variables with the strongest correlation to economic mobility were racial segregation, economic segregation, family structure and social capital.

Findings showed that equity and inclusion are important to economic strength and the EOP project is using these findings to inform policy. The website provides ideas on how to address issues and overcome barriers to economic mobility. Users have access to research papers and can click on different options to see data presented in different categories.  An interactive map includes regional areas nationwide and shows correlations between household income as a child and household income as an adult.


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SOURCE: Equality of Opportunity Project