From Inequality to Economic Opportunity: Creating an Opportunity Society

Although the growth of income inequality has received lots of public attention in recent years, some experts argue that public policy should focus instead on expanding economic opportunity. Americans are less concerned about inequality than economic opportunity. The popular reading of the American Dream is not that America guarantees success to all, but that America tries to ensure equal opportunity so that hard work and initiative pay off. New legislation will also be more likely to win support if it is framed in a way that is popular with both political parties. An Opportunity-enhancing agenda is one that most people, regardless of political affiliation, can endorse.  Learn more about the Opportunity frame in Ron Haskins and Isabel V. Sawhill’s book, Creating an Opportunity Society, published through the Brookings Institute. 01/24/2012