If you’re a poor kid in Monroe County, you’re kind of screwed.
That’s according to a study from two Harvard researchers that shows where you grow up matters enormously when it comes to your income later in life.
Consider Monroe County, N.Y….
It’s among the worst counties in the U.S. in helping poor children up the income ladder. It ranks 241st out of 2,478 counties, better than only about 10 percent of counties. It is relatively worse for poor boys than it is for poor girls.
So, what can we do about this?
Across the country, the researchers found five factors associated with strong upward mobility: less segregation by income and race, lower levels of income inequality, better schools, lower rates of violent crime, and a larger share of two-parent households.
“The broader lesson of our analysis,” Mr. Chetty and Mr. Hendren write, “is that social mobility should be tackled at a local level.”
The governor created an anti-poverty panel made up of the usual suspects, a roster of who’s who in Rochester. This panel should take a good, hard look at this research. Not only will be it be tough to come up with actionable solutions, it will be tough to get community buy-in, particularly if it calls for more integrated housing and schools.
Links of the Day:
– Some law enforcement experts are rethinking the use of force. This comes after fatal shootings of both police officers and suspects, and a call to reexamine zero-tolerance policies. Is there another way these incidents could have been handled?
– There are so many New York lawmakers in trouble, there’s now a searchable database.
– Some state lawmakers, including Assemblyman Joe Morelle, have taxpayer-funded vehicles.