Archbridge Insider June 2018

Securing Economic Mobility For All

In his latest essay for Quillette Magazine, Archbridge Director of Programs Ben Wilterdink discusses “Race and Economic Opportunity in the United States: An Intergenerational Perspective,” the most recent study from the Equality of Opportunity Project and some of the earliest reactions to the study. Wilterdink highlights several reasons to be skeptical of the most prominent commentary following the study’s release and argues that the best way to improve the status quo is through a mutually respectful dialogue.

Read the Full Study: Racial Disparities and the High Cost of Low Debates

American Originals: Jim Casey

On August 28, 1907, nineteen-year-old James Emmett “Jim” Casey and his friend Claude Ryan borrowed $100 and founded the American Messenger Company in a six-foot by seven-foot basement office below a Seattle saloon. They hired six boys to deliver telegraph and other messages throughout Seattle and run errands for people. From those humble beginnings sprang United Parcel Service, known today as just “UPS,” the world’s largest and most valuable transportation company. Yet few know the name of Jim Casey, the shy but curious man who made the United Parcel Service what it is today. Advisory Board member Gary Hoover brings us the story of Jim Casey’s life and legacy.

Jim Casey: The Unknown Entreprenuer Who Built the Great UPS

Mobility News

Fair Progress?: Economic Mobility Across Generations Around the World
The World Bank recently released an extensive new report that examines rates of intergenerational economic mobility across the globe, covering more than 95 percent of the global population.




Is There a Sequence for Success?
In a recent Cato Unbound series, Michael Tanner of the Cato Insitute, Isabel Sawhill of the Brookings Institution, Philip N. Cohen of the University of Maryland, and W. Bradford Wilcox of the University of Virginia debate the merits of the success sequence as it relates to poverty.



Regulation and Poverty
A recent Mercatus Working Paper from Dustin Chambers, Patrick McLaughlin, and Laura Stanley explores the empirical relationship between the incidence of federal regulation and the occurrence of poverty across the states.




Occupational Licensing and the Pubic Safety of Formerly Incarcerated Individuals
A new report from the R Street Institute’s Jonathan Haggerty details how “good moral character” requirements present in many occupational licensing laws undermine public safety and make returning to the workforce difficult for formerly incarcerated individuals.



Video Spotlight

In a six-minute video, American Enterprise Institute Fellow Jonah Goldberg explains the history of human progress over the past several hundred thousand years and argues that liberal democratic capitalism represents the ultimate achievement of humanity. Unfortunately, Goldberg warns, the current generation does not understand the importance of this achievement and is in danger of losing it.

Watch the Video: “Human progress and how we might blow it”

Thanks for reading the latest edition of the Archbridge Insider! The summer has gotten off to a busy start, with trips ranging from Fort Lauderdale, to Atlanta, and now to Santiago, Chile. This summer I’ll also be tuning in to the World Cup and supporting my native Uruguay. Besides considering support for the Archbridge Institute, feel free to jump onto the Uruguay bandwagon and cheer for us in the World Cup! If you want my predictions, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email.

Stay tuned for more original research on economic mobility, new installments in the American Originalsseries, and the latest news and commentary on barriers to opportunity and how they can be lifted.

Until next month!

Gonzalo Schwarz
President and CEO

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