The American Dream en The myth of "Upward Mobility" <p>Upward mobility: the idea that, if you work hard enough, you can climb the class ladder. It&#39;s part of the American Dream, right? That you can pull yourself up by your bootstraps, that you can make a better life for yourself, that your children and grandchildren will have a better life than you do.</p><p>But, the fact is, upward mobility in the U.S. is just <em>not </em>that easy. And, it doesn&#39;t happen nearly as much as many American believe.</p><p>As part of our <a href=""><em>The Culture of Class</em></a> series, we spoke to Economics Professor Steven Haider, of Michigan State University, about why the myth of upward mobility exists and why Americans, in particular, are so apt to believe in it.</p><p><em>Inform our coverage: <a href="">Do you believe in upward mobility</a>?</em></p><p> Fri, 18 Nov 2011 11:52:59 +0000 Christina Shockley & Zoe Clark 5051 at The myth of "Upward Mobility"