Social Policy

Economic Mobility

A job seeker meets with a prospective employer at a career fair in New York City (REUTERS/Mike Segar).

Opinion

A key to increasing economic mobility

August 26, 2015, Ron Haskins

The Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) recently released an important and timely report on occupational licensing. There are two growing realizations about jobs in the middle of the skill and wage distribution. The first is that they usually require education beyond a high school degree, but less than a four-year degree. The second is that they now play an important role in promoting economic mobility among young adults from poor families and could play an even more important role in the future.

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