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Irelia20150604

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Source: Americans overestimate social mobility in their country lll

An American born to a household in the bottom 20% of earnings, for instance, only has a 7.8% chance of reaching the top 20% when they grow up. Americans surveyed thought the probability was 11.7%.

Politically left-leaning respondents are naturally more doubtful about the scale of social mobility, and are more likely to support redistributive government policies, than conservative ones. But Mr Alesina and his colleagues also find that people of different political stripes also respond differently to new information.
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Hi everyone! How should I understand the bold part?
 
  • Uncle Jack

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    They believe the scale of social mobility is less (than conservative respondents). Perhaps conservatives estimated 14% and left-leaning respondents estimated 9%.
     
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