We are always on the lookout for perspectives on the American Dream, examples of people and organizations furthering social and economic mobility. Below are a few publications that we found particularly engaging and thought-provoking in August 2021.

Mirror, Mirror 2021: Reflecting Poorly

A new assessment by the Commonwealth Fund, with additional data from the OECD and WHO, compares the performance of health care systems in 11 high-income countries across five domains: access to care, care process, administrative efficiency, equity, and health care outcomes. Despite spending significantly more of its GDP on health care, the U.S. ranks last overall. 

Study Links Low Upward Mobility to Early Mortality

A new study by Yale researchers examines the disparities in the U.S. across race and gender with regard to early-life intergenerational upward mobility. The study found a strong relationship between the lack of upward mobility early in life and increased mortality rates in young adults, particularly among Black males. 

The U.S. Attracts Fewer International Students, Loses Billions In Revenue. Here's Why:

A piece by NPR digs into a significant challenge American colleges are facing: the declining enrollment of international students. The article speaks of the effect this will have on the United States' competitiveness when "one in five entrepreneurs who founded start-ups in the United States is an immigrant — and three-quarters of them first came to America as students."