Kathryn Edin and Colleagues Launch American Voices Project

Thursday, Dec 6, 2018

FFCWS Co-PI, Kathryn Edin, and colleagues are launching a new study - the American Voices Project - a joint initiative of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, Princeton University’s Center for Research on Child Wellbeing, and the American Institutes for Research.

Opportunities for upward mobility are declining. And the decline is precipitous: Ninety percent of children born in 1940 grew up to earn more than their parents, whereas today only half of all children earn more than their parents. The American Voices Project mission: To talk to people across the country to learn how they’re faring and to find out what is and isn’t working in their lives.

The American Voices Project will thus start with a fact-finding census of 200 rural, suburban, and urban communities. The Project will interview 5,000 individuals across the country to understand their successes and struggles, their hopes and dreams, and their ideas for making our country work better.

To learn more or apply to join the research team, see the American Voices Project website.