Economic mobility—the ability to move up or down the economic ladder within a lifetime or from one generation to the next—is fundamental to the American Dream. 

As policymakers seek to foster equality of opportunity, it is critical that their decisions be based on robust and nonpartisan research and analysis. Pew’s research answers questions about the extent to which mobility is affected by race, gender, education, personal savings, and geography.

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The State of the American Dream

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In this inaugural episode, host Dan LeDuc interviews Erin Currier, director of Pew’s financial security and mobility project, on the state of the American Dream and the financial well-being of American families. The conversation focuses on “data point 92”—the percentage of American families that are seeking financial security rather than economic mobility.