Space, place, race: Six policies to improve social mobility

Richard Reeves and Allegra Pocinki review six policy proposals brought forth at a recent event featuring Professor Raj Chetty on place, opportunity, and social mobility.

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No single policy can do it all

Diane Bell-McKoy highlighted the scale of the challenge: what breaks people is ‘broken systems’ in high-poverty areas like much of Baltimore. Clearly it will take much more than a handful of policies to turn the tide in such places. And many will only succeed if we make progress in reducing institutional and structural racism. We can hope, along with Professor Chetty, that simply learning about the reality of opportunity gaps in so many U.S. cities will mean more cities adopt such policies, and take up the challenge of promoting opportunity across America.

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