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 July 2021.
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.
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.
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."