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Growing Wealth Gaps in Education

Overview of attention for article published in Demography, March 2018
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (93rd percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (82nd percentile)

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2 news outlets
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1 blog
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20 tweeters

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Title
Growing Wealth Gaps in Education
Published in
Demography, March 2018
DOI 10.1007/s13524-018-0666-7
Pubmed ID
Authors

Fabian T. Pfeffer

Abstract

Prior research on trends in educational inequality has focused chiefly on changing gaps in educational attainment by family income or parental occupation. In contrast, this contribution provides the first assessment of trends in educational attainment by family wealth and suggests that we should be at least as concerned about growing wealth gaps in education. Despite overall growth in educational attainment and some signs of decreasing wealth gaps in high school attainment and college access, I find a large and rapidly increasing wealth gap in college attainment between cohorts born in the 1970s and 1980s, respectively. This growing wealth gap in higher educational attainment co-occurred with a rise in inequality in children's wealth backgrounds, although the analyses also suggest that the latter does not fully account for the former. Nevertheless, the results reported here raise concerns about the distribution of educational opportunity among today's children who grow up in a context of particularly extreme wealth inequality.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 30 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 5 17%
Student > Bachelor 5 17%
Student > Master 4 13%
Researcher 3 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 3 10%
Other 10 33%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 14 47%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 4 13%
Medicine and Dentistry 3 10%
Philosophy 2 7%
Psychology 2 7%
Other 5 17%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 37. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 17 September 2018.
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#362,026
of 12,002,261 outputs
Outputs from Demography
#107
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Outputs of similar age
#17,943
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Outputs of similar age from Demography
#4
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