GONZALO SCHWARZ

NEWS + ANALYSIS

LA MOVILIDAD SOCIAL

November 23, 2019 | by Gonzalo Schwarz

In this article Center for Latin America Fellow Gonzalo Schwarz analyzes the state of social mobility in Uruguay and how there is a need for the incoming government to focus more on social mobility instead of inequality as a key policy priority. Doing so would enable more entrepreneurship and a focus on work as the main vehicle to climb up the income ladder instead of social plans, redistribution and welfare.

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APOSTANDO POR LA MOVILIDAD SOCIAL

May 21, 2019 | by Gonzalo Schwarz

In this article Center for Latin America Fellow Gonzalo Schwarz discusses the need to differentiate between inequality, social mobility and poverty in policy debates. Gonzalo contends that focusing on many of the more common solutions to reduce inequality would not improve poverty and social mobility in meaningful ways and might even make matters worse.

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INEQUALITY, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF MOBILITY

December 6, 2016 | by Gonzalo Schwarz

For Christmas, our five-year-old son Sebastian wants a Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage. Our two-year-old daughter Arianna will also play with those cars, although we will continue to try to get her to like dolls. Despite these presents and all the presents in the years to come, however, my wife and I think the best present we ever could have given our two kids was to be born in the United States. This is one of the few countries in which you can tell your kids, “You can be anything you want,” where that assurance can actually come true. We believe that this country provides the greatest opportunities in the world, although both left and right agree that economic mobility here has stagnated. As we have taken a closer look at U.S. policies, it has become clear that some of the same structural limits to mobility that afflict Latin America could also be holding back the United States.

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