Economic Mobility

May 7, 2016, 5am PDT
At first glance, a meritocratic vision is morally compelling, but upon closer scrutiny, its pursuit ends up legitimizing—and thus reinforcing—the very social and economic inequality it purports to rectify.
Shelterforce/Rooflines
May 5, 2016, 7am PDT
According to a new report from the Center for American Progress, technology network companies like Uber and Lyft offer a unique opportunity for low-income users to connect with transit routes and on to greater economic opportunities.
Center for American Progress
January 5, 2016, 5am PST
Land use and transportation planning decisions provide a framework on which other social policies have created particularly isolating and intractable poverty in the South.
The Washington Post
September 22, 2015, 11am PDT
The Ferguson Commission report includes recommendations for combating racial inequity in the Saint Louis region with better-funded, more expansive transit access.
Citizens for Modern Transit
May 11, 2015, 5am PDT
A recent study that connected place to opportunity also includes findings about the factor most likely to influence economic success: access to transportation.
New York Times - The Upshot
May 4, 2015, 1pm PDT
A new study by Harvard economists provides the best evidence yet that where children grow up matters to the outcomes of their lives.
New York Times
January 16, 2015, 1pm PST
Two recent studies find evidence of a powerful "neighborhood effect" for economic mobility—especially on the incomes of blue collar and service workers as compared to knowledge and creative workers.
CityLab
October 9, 2014, 6am PDT
The Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota has released the Access Across America: Transit 2014 report.
The Transportationist
August 21, 2014, 10am PDT
Richard Reeves explains the factors that limit or assist social mobility for people born into the lowest economic quintile in American society.
Brookings Institution
July 28, 2014, 12pm PDT
A new post by Danielle Kurtzleben explains the complicated mix of infrastructure considerations that must be in place for transportation to benefit economic mobility.
Vox
June 6, 2014, 2pm PDT
Data show that cars are more effective than transit in providing poor people to jobs and economic opportunity. But does that mean transit systems are fundamentally inadequate or just currently inadequate?
The Daily Beast
February 10, 2014, 8am PST
Researchers are building a more complete archive of life in slums, home to one-third of the urban population of developing countries. A new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) rejects assumptions about the benefits of slums.
The Economist
November 12, 2013, 6am PST
Though he may not find a lot of agreement among the 750,000 residents who voted for Bill de Blasio, Ed Glaeser argues that New York City's extreme inequality is a sign of its economic diversity and success, and is nothing to be ashamed about.
New York Daily News
September 6, 2013, 8am PDT
Researchers find that among the largest 100 metro regions in the U.S. , those with a larger middle class, provide higher economic mobility.
The Atlantic Cities
June 1, 2012, 1pm PDT
Richard Florida reports on why America ranks second to last among first world nations for economic mobility; the Northeast remains the most mobile region of the country.
Atlantic Cities