Selected Press Coverage


January 18, 2017, Freakonomics Radio, By Stephen J. Dubner
"Is the American Dream Really Dead?"

College Mobility Report Cards

January 28, 2017, The Economist
"Skipping Class"

January 25, 2017, Forbes, By Preston Cooper
"Higher Education's Questionable Equality-of-Opportunity Promise"

January 24, 2017, The Sacramento Bee, By Phillip Reese
"Which California Colleges Help Transform Impoverished Students into Wealthy Adults?"

January 24, 2017, The Christian Science Monitor, By Josh Kenworthy
"Why Cal State L.A. Turns the Most Low-Income Students into Top Earners"

January 20, 2017, New York City College of Technology
"City Tech Ranks Top Five Nationwide in College Mobility, Low-Income Students Go Far and Earn More"

January 18, 2017, The New York Times, By Gregor Aisch, Larry Buchanan, Amanda Cox and Kevin Quealy
"Some Colleges Have More Students From the Top 1 Percent Than the Bottom 60. Find Yours."

January 18, 2017, The New York Times, By David Leonhardt
"America's Great Working-Class Colleges"

The Fading American Dream

December 28, 2016, Star Tribune, By Adam Belz
"Rising From Poverty"

December 14, 2016, Vox, By Matthew Yglesias
"Rising Inequality Has Crushed the Dream of Upward Mobility"

December 10, 2016, The Los Angeles Times, By Melissa Etehad and Natalie Kitroeff
"American Dream Slips Out of Reach for Millennials"

December 10, 2016, The Atlantic, By Alana Semuels
"Severe Inequality is Incompatible With the American Dream"

December 9, 2016, The Associated Press, By Christopher S. Rugaber
"Americans' Odds of Earning More Than Parents Have Plunged"

December 9, 2016, CBS, By Jim Axelrod
"Report: Inequality is Making It Harder to Achieve American Dream"

December 9, 2016, NPR, By Bill Chappell
"U.S. Kids Far Less Likely to Out-Earn Their Parents, As Inequality Grows"

December 9, 2016, Forbes, By Lauren Gensler
"Only Half of America's 30-Year-Olds Are Making More than their Parents Did"

December 8, 2016, FiveThirtyEight, By Ben Casselman
"Inequality is Killing the American Dream"

December 8, 2016, The Washington Post, By Jim Tankersley
"American Dream Collapsing"

December 8, 2016, The Wall Street Journal, By Bob Davis
"Barely Half of 30-Year-Olds Earn More Than Their Parents"

December 8, 2016, The New York Times, By David Leonhardt
"The American Dream, Quantified at Last"

Childhood Environment and Gender Gaps in Adulthood

February 1, 2016, FiveThirtyEight, By Ben Casselman and Andrew Flowers
"Rich Kids Stay Rich, Poor Kids Stay Poor"

January 29, 2016, The Washington Post, By Emily Badger and Christopher Ingraham
"The Striking Power of Poverty to Turn Young Boys Into Jobless Men"

The Effects of Neighborhoods on Intergenerational Mobility

May 28, 2015, The New York Times, By Gregor Aisch, Amanda Cox and Kevin Quealy
"How Family Income Affects Children’s College Chances"

May 15, 2015, The New York Times, By David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy
"How Your Hometown Affects Your Chances of Marriage"

May 11, 2015, The Washington Post, By Emily Badger
"What’s good for poor kids isn’t bad for rich ones"

May 8, 2015, Vox, By Matthew Iglesias
"Want to Help Poor Kids? Help Their Parents Move to a Better Neighborhood"

May 6, 2015, The Washington Post, By Emily Badger
"How Baltimore and Cities Like it Hold Back Poor Black Children as They Grow Up"

May 5, 2015, The Atlantic, By Derek Thompson
"The Curse of Segregation"

May 4, 2015, The New York Times, By Justin Wolfers
"Why the New Research on Mobility Matters: An Economist’s View"

May 5, 2015, The Washington Post, By Andrew Gelman
"Learning About Upward Mobility by Studying People who Moved in Childhood"

May 4, 2015, PBS Newshour
"Why the Place You Grow Up Can Limit Earning Power for Life"

May 4, 2015, NPR Morning Edition, By Jacob Goldstein
"Where Poor Kids Grow Up Makes A Huge Difference"

May 4, 2015, The New York Times, By David Leonhardt
"An Atlas of Upward Mobility Shows Paths Out of Poverty"

May 4, 2015, The New York Times
"Mapping the American Dream: The Best Places to Grow Up"

Is the United States Still a Land of Opportunity? Recent Trends in Intergenerational Mobility

January 23, 2014, NPR, By Jim Zarroli
"Study: Upward Mobility No Tougher in U.S. Than Two Decades Ago"

January 23, 2014, New York Times, By David Leonhardt
"Upward Mobility has not Declined, Study Says"

Where is the Land of Opportunity? The Geography of Intergenerational Mobility in the United States

March 28, 2017, Bloomberg View, By Megan McArdle
"How Utah Keeps the American Dream Alive"

November 19, 2014, Atlantic Monthly, By Derek Thompson
"Why It's So Hard for Millennials to Find A Place to Live and Work"

April 2, 2014, Washington Post, By Emily Badger
"Does Sprawl Matter for Social Mobility?"

March 3, 2014, Atlantic Monthly, By James Surowiecki
"The Mobility Myth"

January 26, 2014, The Atlantic, By Matthew O'Brien
"Why is the American Dream Dead in the South?"

August 1, 2013, Reuters, By Reihan Salam
"The Geography of Opportunity"

July 29, 2013 The New York Times, By Paul Krugman
"Stranded by Sprawl"

July 24, 2013, PBS Newshour, By Jeffrey Brown
"New Report Reveals Where You Live and Work Affects Your Economic Mobility"

July 23, 2013 NPR On Point, By Tom Ashbrook
"Upward Mobility"

July 22, 2013, Slate.com, By Matthew Yglesias
"In America, Where You're Born Has a Huge Impact on How Far You'll Go in Life"

July 22, 2013, The New York Times By David Leonhardt
"In Climbing Income Ladder, Location Matters" with Interactive map