From 1974-75, the bottom 20% of earners in the United States saw income growth of 90%. But from 1975-2010, the bottom 20% saw growth of just 3.7%. Meanwhile the top 1 percent of earners saw growth of 95% between 2009-2012. Learn more about America’s Lower-Middle Class and the future of the American Dream.
“Is the American Dream Still Attainable?”, released in September 2014, prepared by intern Dan Simon with guidance from IRP editor Deborah Johnson, explores recent research findings about income and wealth inequality in the United States and promising policy remedies. Special thanks go to Professor Timothy Smeeding, Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and former IRP director, for extensive guidance and content review.