U.S. lags behind peer countries in mobility

The notion that anyone in America who is willing and able to “pull themselves up by their bootstraps” can achieve significant upward mobility is deeply embedded in U.S. society. Conventional wisdom holds that class barriers in the United States are the lowest among the world’s advanced economies. Motivating this belief is the notion that there […]

Income Inequality in the U.S. by State, Metropolitan Area and County

While the presidential election has directed serious attention to income inequality in the United States, the issue has primarily been framed in terms of the fortunes of the top one percent at the national level, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute. The report argues, however, that inequality is a local issue […]

Review: ‘White Trash’ Ruminates on an American Underclass

Crackers and squatters, rednecks and hillbillies, sandhillers and mudsills, clay eaters and hoe wielders: America has developed a rich vocabulary to describe one part of its permanent underclass. The epithet that subsumes them all, to borrow the title of Nancy Isenberg’s formidable and truth-dealing new book, is white trash. Ms. Isenberg’s project in “White Trash: […]