What mobility data may mean for rich kids

May 11, 2015

Last week saw a flurry of stories digesting the a new study from Harvard finding that young people who grow up in high poverty areas make significantly less over their lifetimes than youth in richer or more economically diverse counties.

Denver County has some of the worst economic mobility in the nation, according to the study. Researchers estimate poor children growing up in Denver county will make $3,130 less a year as adults than those growing up in an average county.

While most coverage focused on what the mobility data means for low income children in high poverty counties, the Washington Post is flipping the study on its head, asking: how do wealthy children fair in economically mixed areas?

The answer they find is that going to school with -- and sharing their communities with -- poorer peers does nothing to disadvantage well-off children.

Read on to find out why.

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