Unequal Chances: Family Background and Economic Success / Edition 1

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Overview

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, sociologists, biologists, behavioral geneticists, and philosophers.
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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare
An impressive book. . . . [T]he book includes a heavy dose of philosophy about social justice and what part the family plays in creating, sustaining, or advancing economic advantage, to the loss and gain of other families.
" Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare ry Nackerud

An impressive book. . . . [T]he book includes a heavy dose of philosophy about social justice and what part the family plays in creating, sustaining, or advancing economic advantage, to the loss and gain of other families.
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"An impressive book. . . . [T]he book includes a heavy dose of philosophy about social justice and what part the family plays in creating, sustaining, or advancing economic advantage, to the loss and gain of other families."—Larry Nackerud, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691119304
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 1/10/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Samuel Bowles is Research Professor and director of the Behavioral Sciences Program at the Santa Fe Institute, and professor of Economics at the University of Siena. He is the author of "Microeconomics" (Princeton); the coauthor, with Herbert Gintis, of "Democracy and Capitalism"; and the coeditor, with Kenneth Arrow and Steven Durlauf, of "Meritocracy and Inequality" (Princeton). Herbert Gintis is an external faculty member at the Santa Fe Institute and professor emeritus of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is the author of "Game Theory Evolving" (Princeton). Melissa Osborne Groves is associate professor of economics at Towson University.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The apple does not fall far from the tree 23
Ch. 2 The apple falls even closer to the tree than we thought : new and revised estimates of the intergenerational inheritance of earnings 80
Ch. 3 The changing effect of family background on the incomes of American adults 100
Ch. 4 Influences of nature and nurture on earnings variation : a report on a study of various sibling types in Sweden 145
Ch. 5 Rags, riches, and race : the intergenerational economic mobility of black and white families in the United States 165
Ch. 6 Resemblance in pesonality and atittudes between parents and their children : genetic and environmental contributions 192
Ch. 7 Personality and the intergenerational transmission of economic status 208
Ch. 8 Son preference, marriage, and intergenerational transfer in rural China 232
Ch. 9 Justice, luck, and the family : the intergenerational transmission of economic advantage from a normative perspective 256
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