Title: Where is the Land of Opportunity? The Geography of Intergenerational Mobility in the United States

Authors: Raj Chetty, Nathaniel Hendren, Patrick Kline, Emmanuel Saez

Funder: National Bureau of Economic Research

Published: January, 2014


Where is the Land of Opportunity


In this landmark study, the authors argue persuasively that decreased upward mobility in the United States stems from 1) racial segregation; 2) income inequality; 3) poor primary schools; 4) less social capital; and 5) lack of family stability. The single biggest factor cited in the study is family structure. This changes the paradigm of the fight against inequality and poverty. It’s also a very volatile topic, but as a society, we can’t afford to bury this important conversation. This has implications for our education and job training systems in the District. It is well worth reading in its entirety.