Social Mobility

On the train wreck thread, Chew Dawg wrote

This is where US exceptionalism shines. Upward mobility is easier than in some deeply socialist and class based societies where cadres get all the opportunities.

World Economic Forum Social Mobility Index:
1 Denmark 85.2
2 Norway 83.6
3 Finland 83.6
4 Sweden 83.5
5 Iceland 82.7
6 Netherlands 82.4
7 Switzerland 82.1
8 Austria 80.1
9 Belgium 80.1
10 Luxembourg 79.8
11 Germany 78.8
12 France 76.7
13 Slovenia 76.4
14 Canada 76.1
15 Japan 76.1
16 Australia 75.1
17 Malta 75.0
18 Ireland 75.0
19 Czech Republic 74.7
20 Singapore 74.6
21 United Kingdom 74.4
22 New Zealand 74.3
23 Estonia 73.5
24 Portugal 72.0
25 Korea, Rep. 71.4
26 Lithuania 70.5
27 United States 70.4

Better than some, but not exactly shining.
Yes, it’s better than China(45), Vietnam (50) and Laos (72), not to mention North Korea; Brazil (60), and the Philippines (61). But worse than most of western Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia, even the UK (21).

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Actually I think describing USA’s social mobility in the “train wreck” thread is perfectly appropriate.

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