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Who Gets Ahead? The Determinants of Economic Success in America


reviewed by Charles L. Skoro 1980

coverTitle: Who Gets Ahead? The Determinants of Economic Success in America
Author(s): Christopher Jencks
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Why bother to do further descriptive or analytical studies of inequality in the United States? We already know the facts of inequality, that family incomes and other measures of economic well-being show a considerable distance between the most and least well off. We also know that the distribution of income, with the highest-income fifth of families averaging about eight times the income of the lowest fifth, has remained virtually unchanged in thirty years, that the discrepancy between men's and women's earnings has stubbornly refused to diminsh, and that, with the possible exception of those of the young and well-educated, minority/majority income differentials have remained intransigent. Further, if there were effective strategies for achieving equality through better or more education or training or some other widely acceptable, relatively inexpensive method, it seems certain that our studies to date would have identified them. In fact, even some quite conservative observers have come... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 82 Number 1, 1980, p. 153-158
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1011, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 7:19:13 AM

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  • Charles Skoro
    Rutgers University
    Charles L. Skoro holds a Ph.D. in economics of education from Columbia University and is assistant professor at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University. He has done research on the role of prior schooling in on-the-job training of workers and the productivity of colleges and universities.
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