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Choosing Our Future: A Story of Opportunity in America
Irwin Kirsch, Henry Braun, Mary Louise Lennon, and Anita Sands

The Dynamics of Opportunity in America: Evidence and Perspectives, Authors

As part of the Opportunity in America project, Irwin Kirsch and Henry Braun have edited an open-source volume titled The Dynamics of Opportunity in America: Evidence and Perspectives, providing an essential foundation for informed discussion and strategic analysis on the dynamics governing the distribution and transmission of opportunity. See the Springer website at to find out more.

Panel members Chrystia Freeland, Douglas S. Massey, David G. Sciarra, Timothy M. (Tim) Smeeding, and Marshall S. Smith also served as contributing authors for this volume. The other contributing authors are as follows:

Bruce Baker is Professor at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University and maintains blogs on school finance and educational policy.

Jared Bernstein is a Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He previously served as Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden.

Danielle Farrie is Research Director of the Education Law Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Harry J. Holzer is Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University and is an Institute Fellow at the American Institutes for Research. He previously served as Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Carl Kaestle is University Professor of Education, History, and Public Policy emeritus at Brown University.

Ishwar Khatiwada is a labor economist at the Center for Labor Markets and Policy at Drexel University.

Robert I. Lerman is an Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute, emeritus professor of economics at American University, and a research fellow at IZA in Bonn, Germany. He is also founder of The American Institute for Innovative Apprenticeship.

Leslie McCall is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

Jennifer O'Day is an Institute Fellow of the American Institutes for Research and is founder and chair of the California Collaborative on District Reform.

Richard V. Reeves is a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies, Co-Director of the Center on Children and Families, and Editor-in-Chief of the Social Mobility Memos blog at the Brookings Institution.

Andrew M. Sum is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Northeastern University in Boston. He was previously director of the Center for Labor Market Studies.

Jonathan Tannen is a doctoral candidate in the Urban and Population clusters of the Woodrow Wilson School and the Office of Population Research at Princeton University.