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The below sources correspond to content on the “About Us” page.

90% lower poverty over the last 60 years

Richard V. Burkhauser, Kevin Corinth, James Elwell, and Jeff Larrimore, “Evaluating the Success of the War on Poverty since 1963 Using an Absolute Full-Income Poverty Measure,” Journal of Political Economy, Forthcoming,

Men in their early thirties today who started out in the bottom fourth of the income distribution as adolescents are no more likely to have moved up than men in 1981.

Scott Winship, “Economic Mobility in America: A State-of-the-Art Primer, Part 3: Trends in the United States,” Archbridge Institute, November 2021,

20% vs. 1% black children vs. white children born into bottom fifth of the income distribution

Scott Winship, Christopher Pulliam, Ariel Gelrud Shiro, Richard Reeves, and Santiago Deambrosi, “Long Shadows: The Black-White Gap in Multigenerational Poverty,” American Enterprise Institute and Brookings Institution, June, 2021,

The below sources correspond to content on “The Social Breakdown” page.

General comments on social capital deterioration box

Social Capital Project, “What We Do Together: The State of Associational Life in America,” U.S. Joint Economic Committee, Office of Vice Chairman Mike Lee, May 2017,

Social Breakdown statistics: general trust and religious attendance estimates

General Social Survey data, COSM calculations

Social Breakdown statistics: birth estimates

CDC National Vital Statistics System, COSM calculations