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Does Education Really Help?: Skill, Work, and Inequality

Edward N. Wolff


This book challenges the conventional wisdom that greater schooling and skill improvement leads to higher wages, that income inequality falls with wider access to schooling, and that the Information Technology revolution will re-ignite worker pay. Indeed, the econometric results provide no evidence that the growth of skills or educational attainment has any statistically significant relation to earnings growth or that greater equality in schooling has led to a decline in income inequality. Results also indicate that computer investment is negatively related to earnings gains and positively ass ... More

Keywords: schooling, skill improvement, income inequality, worker pay, educational attainment, worker skills, educational reform, earnings

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195189964
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189964.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward N. Wolff, author
New York University