Science Analyzed 'The American Dream' And The Data Shows It's Dying, But Not Dead
Submitted by: normalfreak2⚫ 6 months ago in
This is another research-heavy article written by an expert in his field (economics) who is saying something very similar to what the economists and sociologists of the 30-year Millennial study in an article wrote yesterday. To summarize both articles, things are not getting financially better for the generations and the drop off started after the "Greatest Generation." To frame that for you, the youngest person from the Greatest Generation would be about 92 today.
The phrase “American dream” was invented during the Great Depression. It comes from a popular 1931 book by the historian James Truslow Adams, who defined it as “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone.”
In the decades that followed, the dream became a reality. Thanks to rapid, widely shared economic growth, nearly all children grew up to achieve the most basic definition of a better life — earning more money and enjoying higher living standards than their parents had.
These days, people are arguably more worried about the American dream than at any point since the Depression. But there has been no real measure of it, despite all of the data available. No one has known how many Americans are more affluent than their parents were — and how the number has changed.