Economic Connectedness: How U.S. High Schools Can Enable Economic Mobility
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CitationVu, VK, and Nina Harstad. "Economic Connectedness: How U.S. High Schools Can Enable Economic Mobility." M-RCBG Associate Working Paper Series 2023.207, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, June 2023.
AbstractThis research on economic connectedness aims to explore the role of high schools in promoting cross-socioeconomic class friendships and therefore economic mobility. Interventions in high schools possess enormous potential to increase economic mobility. This work examines patterns among high schools with integrated socio-economic social networks and identifies key programs and activities that can encourage cross-class friendships.
New research from Opportunity Insights has found that social networks play a critical role in promoting economic mobility, with economic connectedness (i.e., cross-class friendships) being the single greatest predictor of whether a person from a low-SES (socio-economic status) background will experience economic mobility. Economic connectedness has two primary components: exposure and friending bias.
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