A new study going back nearly a century uncovered a link between access to education and income inequality in America. The findings were released in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The study involves nationally representative datasets on college enrollment and completion between the span of 1908 to 1995.
“Long story short, the findings reveal that longstanding worries about income inequality and its relationship to college opportunity are warranted,” said Brian Holzman, co-author of the study.
“There has been widespread concern that the takeoff in income inequality in recent decades has had harmful social consequences. We provide evidence on this concern by assembling all available nationally representative datasets on college enrollment and completion,” Holzman stated in the findings.
The study, titled A century of educational inequality in the United States, was conducted at Stanford University and Rice University.