HKS' David Ellwood is part of a new partnership exploring strategies to increase mobility from poverty: creating access to good jobs, providing meaningful support, and ensuring that ZIP codes don't have to equal destiny.
Since the 1970s households in the United States and other advanced economies have seen their income growth slow as a result of slower overall economic growth and rising inequality—compounded in many countries by men withdrawing from the workforce.
This seminar will critically examine current writings on race, class, and cumulative adversity, including the relative importance of social structure and culture in the social outcomes and life chances of the urban poor.
Robert Putnam brings our attention to the worsening problem of inequality of opportunity in American society. Though it is a daunting problem that goes far beyond the realm of higher education, he shares a hopeful message of the potential to return to our core values of fairness and equity.