Restoring the American Dream: What Would It Take to Dramatically Increase Mobility from Poverty?

The US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty is a collaboration of 24 leading scholars, policy experts, and practitioners tasked with answering one big, bold, and exciting question: What would it take to dramatically increase mobility from poverty? This two-year project was funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Co-authors: David T. Ellwood, Director, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy and Nisha G. Patel, Executive Director, US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty, Urban Institute


The story of African-American history
Philadelphia Tribune, February 15, 2018
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, professor of history, race and public policy, delivered the keynote address at the Philadelphia Tribune Black History Awards, honoring A. Bruce Crawley, Patricia A. Coulter and Dr. Donald Parks.

Trump Sets Up a Grand Bargain on Immigration
The New York Times, February 2, 2018
President Trump has proposed a deal: amnesty for 1.8 million Dreamers in exchange for funding the border wall, eliminating the visa lottery, and limiting family sponsorship.
By George J. Borjas

Can Amazon and Friends Handle Health Care? There’s Reason for Doubt
The New York Times, January 30, 2018
Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, and Berkshire Hathaway have announced a new healthcare initiative, but many industry experts expressed doubts about whether they could deliver on the promises made.
Quoted: Amitabh Chandra

Trump's move may nudge holdout GOP states to expand Medicaid
ABC News, January 23, 2018
The Trump administration's embrace of work requirements for low-income people on Medicaid is prompting lawmakers in some states to resurrect plans to expand health care for the poor.
Quoted: Robert Blendon

Oprah Winfrey: from poverty to America's first black billionaire… to #Oprah2020?
The Guardian, January 12, 2018
According to one poll, Oprah Winfrey's story of success may resonate with voters, should she choose to run.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueur
A Case That Could Unleash a New Wave of Voter Purges
Mother Jones, January 5, 2018
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case over some states' controversial methods for removing voters.
Quoted: Alexander Keyssar