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How Neighborhoods Affect Social Mobility
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Ever wonder how your life or that of your children might be different had you or they had grown up in a different community? Harvard economists Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren have been looking at the question from the standpoint of social mobility in a long range study conducted in almost every county in the country by The Equality of Opportunity Project. The two studied Americans who were born between 1980 and 1982 and compared the economic status of a child's household in the late 1990s to his household's status as an adult two decades later. Among their areas of focus was how opportunity varies across areas of the country and how families who move across areas improve or lower their child's chances of success.
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