Study Finds That the Racial Gap in Educational Attainments Has a Major Negative Impact on Upward Economic Mobility

The Economic Mobility Project, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, recently released a report authored by three scholars from The Brookings Institution. The report deals with a wide range of topics regarding economic mobility with one chapter concentrating on African Americans.

The study found that over the past 35 years there has been no closing of the income gap between blacks and whites. Furthermore, the results showed that blacks ages 30 to 39 are less likely than similarly aged whites to have higher incomes than their parents.

One of the major factors contributing to a lack of upward economic mobility among African Americans is the continuing large gap in educational attainments.

The report can be downloaded by clicking here.