Getting unstuck: Why some people get out of poverty and others don't
What You May Have Missed
By Michael De Groote, Deseret News National Edition
Published: Sunday, Nov. 10 2013 6:00 p.m. MST
Seventy percent of Americans born at the bottom fifth of income never rise up to the middle. But what about those few who do? What makes them different?
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“If you have more assets, you are more likely to get out of the bottom. If you happen to have two full-time workers, you are more likely to get out. If you happen to graduate from college, you are more likely to get out. So those are all things that help people, who otherwise would be stuck, to move up. But we know there are a lot of people who get stuck there.”
Timothy Smeeding, director of the Institute for Research on Poverty
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