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The Dynamics of Opportunity in America

Evidence and Perspectives


ISBN: 978-3-319-25989-5 (Print) 978-3-319-25991-8 (Online)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxviii

  2. Chapter

    Pages 1-10

    Introduction: Opportunity in America—Setting the Stage

  3. Understanding Where We Are Today

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 11-11

    2. Chapter

      Pages 13-33

      Segregation, Race, and the Social Worlds of Rich and Poor

    3. Chapter

      Pages 35-96

      Federalism and Inequality in Education: What Can History Tell Us?

    4. Chapter

      Pages 97-136

      The Changing Distribution of Educational Opportunities: 1993–2012

    5. Chapter

      Pages 137-164

      The Dynamics of Opportunity in America: A Working Framework

  4. The Labor Market

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 165-165

    2. Chapter

      Pages 167-195

      Wages in the United States: Trends, Explanations, and Solutions

    3. Chapter

      Pages 197-252

      The Widening Socioeconomic Divergence in the U.S. Labor Market

  5. Education and Opportunity

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 253-253

    2. Chapter

      Pages 255-295

      Gates, Gaps, and Intergenerational Mobility: The Importance of an Even Start

    3. Chapter

      Pages 297-358

      Quality and Equality in American Education: Systemic Problems, Systemic Solutions

    4. Chapter

      Pages 359-385

      Restoring Opportunity by Expanding Apprenticeship

    5. Chapter

      Pages 387-412

      Improving Opportunity Through Better Human Capital Investments for the Labor Market

  6. Politics and the Road Ahead

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 413-413

    2. Chapter

      Pages 415-442

      Political and Policy Responses to Problems of Inequality and Opportunity: Past, Present, and Future

    3. Chapter

      Pages 443-464

      How Will We Know? The Case for Opportunity Indicators

  7. Seeking Inclusive Prosperity

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 465-465

    2. Chapter

      Pages 467-474

      Epilogue: Can Capitalists Reform Themselves?

  8. Back Matter

    Pages 475-489