The Relationship Between Location & Prosperity

Monday, July 22, 2013

A map of the United States. (Hamik/Shutterstock)

The great American industrial migration continues. Americans have always relied on the possibility changing locations as a means to prosperity and the United States is one of the most geographically mobile populations in the industrialized world.

Now a new study of the U.S. workforce says that where you are headed economically and geographically depends to a surprising degree on where you're coming from.

"Where you grow up matters," Nathaniel Hendren, a Harvard economist and one of the study’s authors, told The New York Times. "There is tremendous variation across the U.S. in the extent to which kids can rise out of poverty."

David Leonhardt, Washington bureau chief for our partner The New York Times, joins The Takeaway to discuss geography and its relationship to income mobility.


David Leonhardt

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger


T.J. Raphael

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