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October 31, 2014

What Happened to American Mobility?

Timothy Noah: “Americans are moving far less often than in the past, and when they do migrate it is typically no longer from places with low wages to places with higher wages. Rather, it’s the reverse. That helps explain why, since the 1970s, income inequality has gone up and upward mobility has (depending on who you ask) either stagnated or gone down.”

“Though it may not square with our national self-image, America today is a nation of people who tend to stay put, with a population that is no more mobile than that of Denmark or Finland.”

  • CA_Guy

    Right now, I stay where I am because i have a very good health care insurance plan through my employer. I wonder if mobility will increase as more people sign up for ACA coverage.

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