Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The fallacy of the American Dream?

OECD in its news study on social mobility argues that "It is easier to climb the social ladder and earn more than one’s parents in the Nordic countries, Australia and Canada than in France, Italy, Britain and the United States, according to a new OECD study. Intergenerational Social Mobility: a family affair? says weak social mobility can signal a lack of equal opportunities, constrain productivity and curb economic growth.

It also says that "social mobility between generations tends to be lower in more unequal societies. It says redistributive tax and benefit policies aimed at providing income support or access to education for disadvantaged families may reduce the handicaps of a poorer or less well educated background. However, any growth-enhancing impact of redistributive policies via increased social mobility would need to be weighed against other, well-established negative effects on growth via reduced labour utilisation".

More progressive taxation anyone?

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