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The Global Auction: The Broken Promises of Education, Jobs, and Incomes

Phillip Brown, Hugh Lauder, and David Ashton


For decades, the idea that more education will lead to greater individual and national prosperity has been a cornerstone of developed economies. Indeed, it is almost universally believed that college diplomas give Americans and Europeans a competitive advantage in the global knowledge wars. Challenging this conventional wisdom, this book forces us to reconsider our deeply held and mistaken views about how the global economy really works and how to thrive in it. Drawing on cutting-edge research based on a major international study, the chapters show that the competition for good, middle-class j ... More

Keywords: education, prosperity, global knowledge wars, global economy, competition, middle-class jobs, cut-priced brainpower, corporate bosses, society, workers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199731688
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731688.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Phillip Brown, author
School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

Hugh Lauder, author
University of Bath

David Ashton, author
School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University