Socio-Economic Mobility of Youths: Factors, Obstacles, and Potential Solutions
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From early childhood to young adulthood, there are several key obstacles to the ability of a young person to improve his or her socioeconomic status. These include availability of quality early childhood education, level of peer support during adolescence, secondary school funding and quality, and skills development and job matching as a young adult. This article explores the dynamics of these critical obstacles, analyzes initiatives that are successfully helping young people overcome these obstacles around the world, and makes policy suggestions to create a society in which young people have strong opportunities to fulfill their potentials and advance socioeconomically. The article focuses on socioeconomic mobility of young people specifically in the United States, though it draws on examples of successful models from all over the globe.
DescriptionAndrew Leon Hanna completed this work in an independent study course under the supervision of Dr. Anirudh Krishna in 2013. A condensed version of the work has been accepted for publication in a journal of youth and adolescent development, and parts of the work have contributed to Andrew's honors thesis on "The Global Youth Unemployment Crisis."
DepartmentPublic Policy Studies
CitationHanna, Andrew Leon (2014). Socio-Economic Mobility of Youths: Factors, Obstacles, and Potential Solutions. Course paper, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/9153.
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