Does America Promote Mobility as Well as Other Nations?

Does America Promote Mobility as Well as Other Nations?

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This November 2011 fact sheet, Does America Promote Mobility As Well As Other Nations?, previewed selected key findings from a multi-country study of economic mobility led by the Russell Sage Foundation with additional funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Sutton Trust. Researchers in 10 countries investigated how socioeconomic advantage, as measured by parents' education, was transmitted over the course of one's life.

The results show that in the United States, there is a stronger link between parents' education and children's economic, educational, and socio-emotional outcomes than in any other country investigated. Complete results are detailed in From Parents to Children: The Intergenerational Transmission of Advantage.

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