Beginning with an overview of the measures and state of economic mobility in America, this session, moderated by Sarah Sattelmeyer (The Pew Charitable Trusts), will address three key questions related to mobility, specifically: Do all Americans enjoy equal opportunity at birth, regardless of the financial and economic status of their parents? What factors help propel someone up the economic ladder or push them down? What role should public policy play in promoting economic mobility?
• Mobility and the Metropolis: How Communities Factor into Economic Mobility
Diana Elliott (The Pew Charitable Trusts)
• Hard Choices: Navigating the Economic Shock of Unemployment
Hannah Thomas (Brandeis University)
• Why Do Some Americans Leave the Bottom of the Economic Ladder, But Not Others?
Denise Wilson (Independent Contractor) (conference program description)
These presentations were given at the 2014 Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference (WREC).