The Story of Economic Mobility in America 

Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz wrote recently in the New York Times, “The U.S. has the highest level of inequality among the advanced countries and one of the lowest levels of opportunity. But things don’t have to be that way.” In this session, Harvard economist and Director of Opportunity Insights Raj Chetty will illuminate the history of America’s economic mobility story, one census tract at a time, while highlighting how data and evidence can shape the public policies needed to revive the American Dream.

This keynote lunch session — moderated by Cecilia Muñoz, Former Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council (Obama) — will help leaders from every level of government understand the trends underlying our nation’s growing opportunity crisis and inspire them with ideas for how to increase economic mobility for their residents.


  • Raj Chetty, Harvard University Economics Professor and Director, Opportunity Insights (Bio
  • Cecilia Muñoz, New America, Former White House Domestic Policy Council Director (Obama), Results for America Senior Fellow (Bio)


The Economist Who Would Fix the American Dream (The Atlantic)
A Better Address Can Change a Child’s Future (The New York Times)
Opportunity Atlas: Mapping the Childhood Roots of Social Mobility
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