American Dream Dying: The Changing Economic Lot of the Least Advantaged

American Dream Dying: The Changing Economic Lot of the Least Advantaged

by Peter D. McClelland, Peter Tobin


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Using recent polling results, this book identifies the core economic components of the American Dream: standard of living, financial security, and upward mobility. The authors document the trend in each of these components over the last thirty years, using figures (trend lines and bar charts) based upon the best available data. Collectively, this evidence has alarming implications for the economic fate of those at the bottom of the nation's income distribution. For that group, as the authors show, the American Dream is dying.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442201965
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/16/2009
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Peter D. McClelland is emeritus professor of economics at Cornell University and the author and editor of numerous books, including The State of Americans: This Generation and the Next, The American Search for Economic Justice, and Crisis in the Making; The Political Economy of New York State since 1945. Peter Tobin is a Ph.D. candidate in engineering and applied science at Yale University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Problems of Definition
Chapter 2: Standard of Living
Chapter 3: Financial Security
Chapter 4: Mobility
Chapter 5: Education and Mobility
Chapter 6: The Future: Aggregate Growth
Chapter 7: The Future: Distribution
Chapter 8: Fiscal Constraints

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