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I’m fascinated by the finding, in an extensive new study, that social mobility in the United States has stayed pretty constant over the past few decades. This conclusion challenges the standard narratives presented by the left and the right, and its political implications will be much discussed.

But first things first: where did it come from?In one sense, the finding isn’t so surprising. While it has been widely assumed that social mobility is declining—in a speech last month, President Obama said as much—previous academic studies also failed to consistently identify any trend. Some showed a decline in mobility; at least one showed an increase; and most raised some tricky statistical issues. Perhaps the mostinfluential paper, originally published in 2006, was by Chul-In Lee, of Konkuk University, in Korea, and Gary Solon, of Michigan State University. Lee and Solon examined data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, a long-running survey that tracks income and other characteristics of about five thousand families nationwide.By looking, over time, at the incomes individuals earned relative to their parents’ income, they were able to measure “intergenerational mobility”—broadly speaking, the extent to which people are able to escape their upbringings. Solon and Lee concentrated on individuals born between 1952 and 1975, and their calculations covered the two decades from 1981 to 2000, when income inequality was already growing pretty rapidly. This was their conclusion:

Our estimates are still too imprecise to rule out modest trends in either direction. For the most part, though, our results for the cohorts born between 1952 and 1975 suggest that intergenerational income mobility in the United States has not changed dramatically over the past two decades.


While interesting, I still think wealth inequality is a serious problem. When a few hundred have more of the wealth than the bottom half, that means that there are people living in shit because those few hundred have been hoarding. Anyway, definitely interesting and if valid some reason for hope, maybe.
Posted by arely staircase | Thu Jan 23, 2014, 09:06 PM (5 replies)

they just can't help it. GOP Congressmen says wives should (voluntarily, of course) submit


to their husbands.

Here we go. They can't help help it because that is who they are; archaic reactionary fuck heads.

Posted by arely staircase | Wed Jan 22, 2014, 09:10 PM (6 replies)

glenn beck confesses

To playing a role in "tearing the country apart"

Posted by arely staircase | Wed Jan 22, 2014, 03:18 PM (1 replies)

facebook will soon lose 80 percent of its users study says


Social media like a disease that spreads wuickly then dies.
Posted by arely staircase | Wed Jan 22, 2014, 05:34 AM (65 replies)

so has the expected wave of RW outrage over the president' pot quote not materialized because

they are in such disorder that they are polling it and trying to figure out how the whole thing fits into th general scheme of getting primaried by a libertarian nut that is for pot legalization AND eliminating the social safety net?

Did the prez. just throw another wedge between the gop factions?
Posted by arely staircase | Tue Jan 21, 2014, 10:02 PM (12 replies)

the end of life is not to be happy nor to achieve pleasure and avoid pain but to do the will of God

Come what may-

Posted by arely staircase | Tue Jan 21, 2014, 09:40 PM (49 replies)

misogyny and just not fucking getting it in all its glory

As a man these two things struck me this weekend as perfect examples of sexism and how the GOP is the dumbass party of it. Haley Barbour's reference to the "lady mayor" being the more benign but dead giveaway example. But the Texas GOP trying to call out Wendy Davis has got to go down in the history books. They are going to piss off some Texas women. This is about to be Clayton Williams redux. (Google him)
Posted by arely staircase | Mon Jan 20, 2014, 10:08 PM (8 replies)

indulge me in a little correlation/causation latitude

legalizing pot causes NFL conference championships.
Posted by arely staircase | Mon Jan 20, 2014, 05:40 PM (6 replies)

Well Kenneth Bae has confessed to serious crimes against N. Korea

Dennis Rodman: 1

Despicable human scum, who are worse than dogs and guilty of acts of treachery in betrayal of such profound trust and warmest paternal love shown by the party leader: 0

Posted by arely staircase | Mon Jan 20, 2014, 03:57 PM (0 replies)

the last period in country music worth a damn was the 70s texas "outlaw"

sound of Willie, Waylon, etc. And by etc. I mean "and the boys."

It has been pretty much watered down pop pabulum with fiddles and steel guitars ever since.
Posted by arely staircase | Mon Jan 20, 2014, 03:34 PM (1 replies)
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