American Dream in Crisis

21 April 2017 17:20

(updated: 21 April 2017 17:29)

American Dream in Crisis

On 24 April, The Choice Lab researcher Kjetil Bjorvatn takes part in a debate about the “American Dream in Crisis” organized by Civita, SPU – NHHS and Bergen Student Society.

Charles Murray, W. H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and author of the bestselling book “Coming Apart: The State of White America 1960-2010”.
Kjetil Bjorvatn, from The Choice Lab at NHH Norwegian School of Economics


The debate takes place on Monday April 24, 6.00 – 7.30 pm in Auditorium A, at NHH Norwegian School of Economics.

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The American dream is the ideal by which equality of opportunity is available to any American willing to work hard. However, according to a new study by researchers at Stanford, Harvard and Berkeley, the American dream is in crisis, as only 50% of people born in the 1980`s are making more than their parents, compared to 90% of children born in 1940. Rising inequality and lack of social mobility has questioned whether or not the American dream is still alive. Is there a way to create more opportunities for all Americans, including disadvantaged families? How should policymakers respond to rising inequality?