THE RACE BETWEEN EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY

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Harvard University Press, 2008 - Business & Economics - 488 pages
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This book provides a careful historical analysis of the co-evolution of educational attainment and the wage structure in the United States through the twentieth century. The authors propose that the twentieth century was not only the American Century but also the Human Capital Century. That is, the American educational system is what made America the richest nation in the world. Its educational system had always been less elite than that of most European nations. By 1900 the U.S. had begun to educate its masses at the secondary level, not just in the primary schools that had remarkable success in the nineteenth century.

The book argues that technological change, education, and inequality have been involved in a kind of race. During the first eight decades of the twentieth century, the increase of educated workers was higher than the demand for them. This had the effect of boosting income for most people and lowering inequality. However, the reverse has been true since about 1980. This educational slow-down was accompanied by rising inequality. The authors discuss the complex reasons for this, and what might be done to ameliorate it.

  

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Review: The Race between Education and Technology

User Review  - Will - Goodreads

"The three topics of this book - technological change, education, and inequality - are intricately related in a kind of 'race.' During the first three-quarters of the twentieth century, the rising ... Read full review

Review: The Race between Education and Technology

User Review  - Daniel Babiak - Goodreads

Ch1: -Lays out history of educational attainment in US/EU over 20th century -US started mass secondary schooling far earlier than EU (picture looks less dramatic if you include part-time technical ... Read full review

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Edward L. Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University and director of the John F. Kennedy School of Government's Taubman Center for State and Local Government. He is a research associate at the NBER and the editor of the recent NBER volume" The Governance of Not-for-Profit Organizations," Claudia Goldin is the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University and director of the Development of the American Economy Program and research associate at the NBER. She is the coeditor of three previous NBER volumes including, most recently, "The Defining Moment: The Great Depression and the American Economy in the Twentieth Century."

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