Brookings Institution Press
September 3, 2006
Opportunity in America
This semiannual journal provides research and analysis to promote effective policies and programs for children. In this volume, the nation's leading scholars on social mobility focus on the extent to which children’s chances of success depend on the circumstances into which they are born. The following articles are featured:
Introducting the Issue
Isabel Sawhill and Sara McLanahan
Intergenerational Social Mobility: The United States in Comparative Perspective
Emily Beller and Michael Hout
Intergenerational Mobility for Women and Minorities in the United States
Melissa S. Kearney
Making It in America: Social Mobility in the Immigrant Population
George J. Borjas
Early Childhood Development and Social Mobility
W. Steven Barnett and Clive R. Belfield
U.S. Elementary and Secondary Schools: Equalizing Opportunity or Replicating the Status Quo?
Cecilia Elena Rouse and Lisa Barrow
The Role of Higher Education in Social Mobility
Robert Haveman and Timothy Smeeding
Children's Health and Social Mobility
Anne Case and Christina Paxson
"Culture" and the Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty: The Prevention Paradox
Jens Ludwig and Susan Mayer
Event transcript: "Opportunity in America: Does Education Promote Social Mobility?" September 19, 2006.
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Length: 196 pages
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Isabel V. Sawhill
Co-Director, Center on Children and Families, Budgeting for National Priorities
Senior Fellow, Economic Studies
Sara S. McLanahan is professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University, where she is also director of the Center for Research on Child Wellbeing. She is coauthor of Growing Up with a Single Parent (Harvard, 1994).
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