The Dynamic American Dream

dc.contributor.author Wolak, Jennifer
dc.contributor.author Peterson, David
dc.contributor.author Peterson, David
dc.contributor.department Political Science
dc.date 2020-04-27T18:51:06.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-30T06:24:31Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-30T06:24:31Z
dc.date.copyright Wed Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2020
dc.date.embargo 2022-04-21
dc.date.issued 2020-04-21
dc.description.abstract <p>The American Dream is central to the national ethos, reflecting people's optimism that all who are willing to work hard can achieve a better life than their parents. Separate from the support for the idea of the American Dream itself is whether the public believes it is attainable. We consider the origins and dynamics of the public's belief in the achievability of the American Dream. Is the American Dream a symbolic vision, rooted in political socialization rather than contemporary politics? Or does optimism about the American Dream follow from the viability of the dream, rising with economic prosperity and falling with declining opportunity? We develop a new macrolevel measure of belief in the American Dream from 1973 to 2018. We show that it moves over time, responsive to changes in social mobility, income inequality, and economic perceptions. As inequality increases, belief in the attainability of the American Dream declines.</p>
dc.description.comments <p>This accepted article is published as Wolak, J., Peterson, D.A.M.; The Dynamic American Dream, April 21, 2020. doi: <a target="_blank">10.1111/ajps.12522</a>. Posted with permission. </p>
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dc.identifier.articleid 1076
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dc.source.uri 10.1111/ajps.12522
dc.subject.keywords Public opinion
dc.subject.keywords time series
dc.subject.keywords American dream
dc.subject.keywords inequality
dc.title The Dynamic American Dream
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