Economic Mobility Rates Differ for Canadians and Americans

Chasing the Same Dream, Climbing Different Ladders: Economic Mobility in the United States and Canada
By: Miles Corak
Source: Pew Charitable Trusts, Economic Mobility Project

Canadians and Americans do not have the same likelihood of climbing the income ladder and experiencing economic mobility, but not because of different underlying values or societal goals, according to new data released today by Pew’s Economic Mobility Project. The report, Chasing the Same Dream, Climbing Different Ladders: Economic Mobility in the United States and Canada, examines the differences in mobility over a generation and analyzes the results in conjunction with public opinion polls commissioned in both nations by the Project. It looks at differences in public attitudes and cultural values to understand to what degree they can explain the disparity in economic mobility.

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