Archive for September, 2012

Relations between economic and educational mobility

The newest statistics compiled by the OECD demonstrates a strong correlation between economic and educational mobility while suggesting that it pays to be a poor student in a well-off country–unless of course that well-off country is the United States. According to Jordan Weissmann’s recent article in The Atlantic, the United States proves exceptional when it comes to citizens’ ability in advanced democracies to improve economic conditions compared to those of their parents. Weissmann cites the OECD’s statistics which indicate a lack of educational mobility to be the reason for a stagnant economic mobility among the poor in the U.S. The mobility in education and the economy achieved by other democracies (most outstanding Denmark, Australia, Sweden, and Canada) could easily leave aspiring American students disappointed. Check back with internationalcomparisons.org to view these and other statistics to be added soon!