America has long been viewed as "the land of opportunity," where, with hard work, most people can succeed regardless of their family background. However, opportunity has not been available to all. Stagnating incomes for the middle class and rising income inequality have raised questions about whether America remains the land of opportunity.
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In the latest Brookings Essay, Richard Reeves presents an in-depth examination on social mobility and equality in America, and what we can do to save the American Dream.
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Isabel V. Sawhill
Co-Director, Center on Children and Families, Budgeting for National Priorities
Senior Fellow, Economic Studies
Richard V. Reeves
Fellow, Economic Studies
Policy Director, Center on Children and Families
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