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Unequal Chances : Family Background and Economic Success.

Author: Samuel Bowles; Herbert Gintis; Melissa Osborne Groves
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2010.
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Is the United States "the land of equal opportunity" or is the playing field tilted in favor of those whose parents are wealthy, well educated, and white? If family background is important in getting ahead, why? And if the processes that transmit economic status from parent to child are unfair, could public policy address the problem? Unequal Chances provides new answers to these questions by leading economists,  Read more...
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Bowles, Samuel.
Unequal Chances : Family Background and Economic Success.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2010
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel Bowles; Herbert Gintis; Melissa Osborne Groves
ISBN: 9781400835492 1400835496 0691119309 9780691119304 0691136203 9780691136202
OCLC Number: 781276562
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (315 pages)
Contents: Cover; Contents; Preface; Introduction; Chapter One: The Apple Does Not Fall Far from the Tree; Chapter Two: The Apple Falls Even Closer to the Tree than We Thought: New and Revised Estimates of the Intergenerational Inheritance of Earnings; Chapter Three: The Changing Effect of Family Background on the Incomes of American Adults; Chapter Four: Influences of Nature and Nurture on Earnings Variation: A Report on a Study of Various Sibling Types in Sweden; Chapter Five: Rags, Riches, and Race: The Intergenerational Economic Mobility of Black and White Families in the United States. Chapter Six: Resemblance in Personality and Attitudes between Parents and Their Children: Genetic and Environmental ContributionsChapter Seven: Personality and the Intergenerational Transmission of Economic Status; Chapter Eight: Son Preference, Marriage, and Intergenerational Transfer in Rural China; Chapter Nine: Justice, Luck, and the Family: The Intergenerational Transmission of Economic Advantage from a Normative Perspective; References; Index.

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