Cultural Norms and Social Mobility

Over at the Brookings Institution there is a fantastic post on how cultural norms affects social mobility with numerous links to pertinent research. For example:

  • Neighborhood cultures that accept dropping out of high school, out-of-wedlock births, and unemployment hinder social mobility.
  • These cultures often lead to obesity, smoking, and other similar habits.
  • Religion is connected to greater social capital and mobility.
  • Traits like saving are rooted in community cultures.

Definitely worth checking out.