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Whither The Bottom 90 Percent, Thomas Piketty?

Scott Winship | 04/18/2014

While not quite inducing Beatlemania, French economist Thomas Piketty’s visit this week to America has inspired the Washington analog of teenage frenzy. On Tuesday, the inequality expert spoke here in D.C. (top one percent share: 28%) at multiple events. Wednesday he was in New York (Manhattan top share

The Persistent—if Insufficient—American Dream

Scott Winship | 03/03/2014

The intuition that if something is bad it used to be better is completely understandable, but in the case of social mobility, it is probably wrong. Even before a deservedly lauded study by

How to Ratchet Down the Great Gatsby Curve

Over the past two years, President Obama has consistently tied the opportunities of poor and middle class Americans to rising income inequality, and his State of the Union address stayed true to this narrative. However, that case has always been based on indefensibly weak evidence.

The Collapse of the Great Gatsby Curve

Scott Winship, Donald Schneider | February 3, 2014

 

As expected, President Obama’s State of the Union address to the nation last week was suffused with the theme of opportunity. Over the past two years, the president has consistently tied the opportunities of poor and middle class Americans to rising income inequality, and Tuesday he stayed true to this narrative:

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One (or Two) Cheers for the War on Poverty

Scott Winship | 01/28/2014

The State of the Union address provided an occasion to reflect on federal policies to promote opportunity and economic mobility. There are ways to build on the progress we have made while improving on those features of policy that have not served us well.

Testimony before the Committee on the Budget, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. January 28, 2014

Scott Winship | January 28, 2014

Chairman Ryan, Ranking Member Van Hollen, and Members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me to appear today to discuss the central issues of poverty and opportunity in America. The fiftieth anniversary of Lyndon Johnson’s declaration of war on poverty provides an occasion to reflect on federal anti-poverty policy to date and policies to promote opportunity and to consider how to build on the progress we have made while improving on those features of policy that have not served us well.

Actually, We Won the War on Poverty

Scott Winship | 01/24/2014

This week, Republicans opened their annual winter meeting in Washington—a strategy confab sandwiched between the much-talked-about 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty and President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, which will again highlight liberal concerns

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Mobility is the Problem, not Income Inequality

Scott Winship | 01/22/2014

With long-term unemployment historically high and economic insecurity still pervasive in the wake of the Great Recession, it's understandable that many Americans have grown more concerned about the nation's levels of inequality.

Equality of Opportunity and Economic Mobility

Scott Winship | 01/22/2014

These slides are taken from Scott Winship's presentation at the Brookings Social Mobility Summit, "Can Trends in Intergenerational Mobility Tell Us Anything About Policies to Promote Opportunity?"

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Why We Should Wage a War on Immobility Instead of Inequality

Scott Winship | 01/16/2014

With long-term unemployment historically high and still-pervasive economic insecurity in the wake of the Great Recession, it is understandable that many Americans have grown more concerned about the nation’s levels of inequality. Too many families struggle in poverty,

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