Sunday, January 3, 2016

For social mobility, buses more important than test scores

Atlanta Blackstar: " And the lack of access to transportation keeps low income and Black people trapped in poverty, with no place to go, limited job opportunities and few pathways to upward socioeconomic mobility.
...The findings of a Harvard study were revealing, concluding that commuting time is the single most important factor in escaping poverty. The longer your commute time, the lower your chances that you will make it out. In fact, the authors of the study, Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren, found that the link between transportation and upward mobility is more solid than the relationship between mobility and factors such as test scores, crime and the proportion of two-parent families."