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American Dream - Social Mobility

This research guide will help students find resources about the "American Dream" - social and economic mobility in the United States.


Welcome to CSM Library's "American Dream" research guide. You will find here links to all types of resources - reports, statistical data, books, articles, opinions - about social and economic mobility in the United States and its relation to education, income and housing.

Recommended Resource

CEW Georgetown U. title of report: The College Payoff

"The College Payoff: Education, Occupations, Lifetime Earnings" report, from GeorgeTown University and Center on Education and the Workforce, examines lifetime earnings for all education levels and earnings by occupation, age, race/ethnicity and gender. The data are clear: a college degree is key to economic opportunity, conferring substantially higher earnings on those with credentials than those without.