Social Policy

Intergenerational Equity

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - With the Washington Monument in the background, Mark Johnson and Ayanna Quander, both from DC, walk hand in hand along the Tidal Basin on an unseasonably warm day in Washington March 9, 2016.

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The rich marrying the rich makes the income gap worse, but it's not our biggest problem

April 8, 2016, Richard V. Reeves

"Assortative mating"—marrying someone of a similar socioeconomic and educational background—is very common, and likely to lower intergenerational mobility. However, it's important to keep in mind that assortative mating may be a symptom of greater segregation of neighborhoods, educational institutions, occupations, and communities.

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