Journals Higher Education



Published: 17 March 2016

232 Pages


ISBN: 9780190467029

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Chasing the American Dream

Understanding What Shapes Our Fortunes

Mark Rank, Thomas Hirschl, and Kirk Foster

  • Examines what is the American Dream, and what is the cost of pursuing it?
  • Weaves together engaging interviews with unique longitudinal data to tell the story of the American Dream.
  • Represents the first scholarly analysis of the American life course within such a context.
  • Illustrates in a new way the strong impact that class and race have upon being successful or unsuccessful in achieving the American Dream.
  • Provides policy suggestions on how to increase access to the American Dream.
  • A new free, web-based Financial Risk Calculator is being developed by the authors, which will allow readers to quickly assess their risk of experiencing financial stress or instability.

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