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Monday, January 11, 2010

More for the Progressive's Tool Chest: Class mobility

Everyone knows the U.S. Is the best country for giving a low-income kid the chance to move up the social ladder compared to where their parents were, right? Certainly, in stodgy old Europe, ancient class distinctions must be more difficult to overcome than in the U.S. Of course, conservatives love to make declarations like that. Once again, they are totally wrong. France, Germany, Sweden, Canada, Finland, Norway and Denmark have greater income mobility than the U.S. Parents' income is a better predictor of childrens' adult income here than in those countries.

Another Republican truism bites the dust.


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