Date of Release: August 2009

Creating an Opportunity Society

By Ron Haskins and Isabel Sawhill

In Creating an Opportunity Society, Haskins and Sawhill address what it will take to help more people achieve the American Dream. They focus on three routes to upward mobility among the less advantaged: education, work, and strong families.  Drawing on a wealth of data and research on recent trends in poverty, inequality, and economic mobility, they argue that it will take a combination of personal responsibility and expanded government assistance to make the American Dream a reality for families who are now stuck at the bottom. The book calls for a gradual reallocation of federal resources from the elderly to working-age families and their children and a new set of policies to help the latter advance in these troubling economic times. 

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