Tuesday, November 13, 2007

social mobility

The Pew Charitable Trust has a report today on social mobility in the US. It has a lot of sobering analysis, but points specifically to a troubling statistic that roughly half of African Americans born to middle-income parents in the late 1960s lived near-poverty as adults. It is a superficial linkage, but it's hard not to see some symbolism in that finding given the news locally that the son of a former city councilman is being charged with arson. I need to check the history, but Duane Darkins (Sr.) should have been the first person elected to City Council for District 9 when the city switched from at large to by district voting in 1989. That seat is unfortunately in the news today as well with word that TC is entering a plea bargain and resigning.

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and there is the article today in the PG on the lack of support being set up for problem gamblers in the state. That made me want to go see if there is a new issue out of the Journal of Gambling Issues. There isn't, but the last issue does have a relevant article: Mapping the prevalence of problem gambling and its association with treatment accessibility and proximity to gambling venues. Some interesting maps in that, I wonder if there will be someone making maps like that for us someday.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris,

The WSJ cites a Treasury Department study today on its Op-Ed page to argue that income inequality is narrowing, not growing, in America. It also suggests that more and more Americans are moving from low income to middle income, and that only the top 6% of all earners saw their incomes shrink in the last 10 years. How can this be reconciled with the Pew report you cite, or the report on NPR this morning that real wages for white men have not gone up since 1975 and that wages for black men have actually decreased?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007 4:09:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Income inequality among taxpayers is a bit different from overall income inequality. Also, the PEW report is clearly looking at the bigger (intergenerational) picture and not what has been happening in just the last decade. Beyond that, the problem with saying what is going on with income inequality overall (or any other metric) and what is happening in one particular subgroup are not the same things.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007 4:25:00 PM  
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