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What Helps Poor Kids Move Upwards? Religion and Marriage

The New York Times is reporting on this incredibly detailed study looking at variations in what proportion of kids raised in the bottom fifth income-wise rise to the top fifth as adults. (The geographic variations are striking but hard to interpret: Why Minnesota?)

The study also noted: “Finally, some of the strongest predictors of upward mobility are correlates of social capital and family structure. For instance, high upward mobility areas tended to have higher fractions of religious individuals and fewer children raised by single parents.” 


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