Entertaining Beliefs in Economic Mobility

  title={Entertaining Beliefs in Economic Mobility},
  author={Eunji Kim},
  journal={Cultural Sociology eJournal},
  • Eunji Kim
  • Published 12 March 2022
  • Economics
  • Cultural Sociology eJournal
Americans have long believed in upward mobility and the narrative of the American Dream. Even in the face of rising income inequality and substantial empirical evidence that economic mobility has declined in recent decades, many Americans remain convinced of the prospects for upward mobility. What explains this disconnect? I argue that Americans’ media diets play an important role in explaining this puzzle. Specifically, contemporary Americans are watching a record number of entertainment TV… 

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