Category Archives: Economic Mobility

News Coverage: “Groundbreaking empirical research shows where innovation really comes from: Breaking down barriers for underrepresented kids could quadruple America’s pool of inventors”

News Coverage: Matthew Yglesias, Groundbreaking empirical research shows where innovation really comes from: Breaking down barriers for underrepresented kids could quadruple America’s pool of inventors, Vox.com, Dec. 5, 2017.

The same research is also covered here: America’s Lost Einsteins.

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New Article: “Stuck or Rooted? The Costs of Mobility and the Value of Place”

Naomi Schoenbaum, Stuck or Rooted? The Costs of Mobility and the Value of Place, 127 Yale L.J. F. 458 (2017)[Abstract below]

David Schleicher has written an important article on the relationship between law and mobility, arguing for policymakers to be more concerned with policies that stand in the way of individuals moving to bigger, more productive cities. This Response takes up the costs of mobility for productivity, welfare, and sex equality omitted by Schleicher, and addresses Schleicher’s treatment of place as a market. It argues that Schleicher’s argument fails to account for how mobility interacts with critical relationships. While Schleicher’s view of productivity is premised in agglomeration economics, he ignores how mobility ruptures the very relationships on which the benefits of agglomeration (and broader welfare metrics) depend. He also misses how moves often are not made by individuals, but rather by families, and neglects the fact that such moves often entail losses for women. Finally, Schleicher’s treatment of place as a market, where individuals should essentially move to the highest bidder, ignores how our attachments to places run far deeper than the labor market opportunities they afford.

Op-Ed: “The Barriers Stopping Poor People From Moving to Better Jobs”

Alana Semuels, The Barriers Stopping Poor People From Moving to Better Jobs, City Lab, October 12, 2017. [“Highly educated people still relocate for work, but exorbitant housing costs in the best-paying cities make it difficult for anyone else to do so.”]

Op-Ed: “Mathematics of Inequality”

Taylor McNeil, Mathematics of Inequality, Tufts Now, October 28, 2017. [“Boghosian runs the numbers and shows that without redistribution of wealth, the rich get richer and everyone else gets poorer.”]

New Study: “Is the American Dream still affordable?”

Lynn Wombold, Is the American Dream still affordable, ESRI, 2017. [“The only known in this equation is that the hopes and dreams of Millennials will lead the way.”]

Op-Ed: “The subtle ways colleges discriminate against poor students explained with a cartoon.”

Alvin Chang, The subtle ways colleges discriminate against poor students explained with a cartoon, Vox, September 11, 2017. [“We stunt upward mobility and make college a finishing school for the affluent.”

Op-Ed: “For Homeless Advocates, a Discouraging Lesson in Los Angeles: Money is Not Enough”

Adam Nagourney, For Homeless Advocates, a Discouraging Lesson in Los Angeles: Money is Not Enough, New York Times, September 29, 2017. [Opponents of housing development for the homeless have taken a ‘by any means’ approach.]

News Coverage: “This Republican mayor has an incredibly simple idea to help the homeless. And it seems to be working.”

Colby Itkowitz, This Republican mayor has an incredibly simple idea to help the homeless. And it seems to be working, Washington Post, August, 11, 2016. [Public works day jobs provide hope for Albuquerque’s homeless.]

Op-Ed: “Unemployment in Black and White”

The Editorial Board, Unemployment in Black and White, Washington Post, August 28, 2017. [“The hard truth is that the persistence of twice-as-high joblessness for black workers has led policy makers to accept it as normal.”]

Op-Ed: “The biggest beneficiaries of the government safety net: Working-class whites”

Tracy Jan, The biggest beneficiaries of the government safety net: Working-class whites, Washington Post, February 16, 2017. [Commentary on the true effect of the government assistance and tax credit programs of 2014.]