NPR | Living the American Dream: are you doing better than your parents?
Upward mobility has always been a key aspect of the American dream. Most Americans believe if you work hard and play by the rules, you will have a better life than your parents. For a series on the American Dream, NPR is looking for a variety of people to talk about upward mobility. Did you come from a middle-class background and hit it big? Did you start a company that did extremely well? Is your life better than your parents? We want to hear from you.
Or are you doing worse than your parents? Data suggests that many Americans won't experience upward mobility in their lifetimes, especially if their parents weren't middle or upper income. Are you downwardly mobile? Do you think your parents had it much better than you do? Do you think you're falling behind compared to the previous generation? We want to hear from you, too.
Tell us -- how does your life compare to that of your parents and how does this affect your view of the American Dream?