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ERIC Number: ED536152
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
Educational Inequality in the United States: Methodology and Historical Estimation of Education Gini Coefficients
Bennett, Daniel L.
Center for College Affordability and Productivity (NJ1)
This paper estimates historical measures of equality in the distribution of education in the United States by age group and sex. Using educational attainment data for the population, the EduGini measure indicates that educational inequality in the U.S. declined significantly between 1950 and 2009. Reductions in educational inequality were more profound during the first three decades of the study than the last three, with the degree of inequality remaining relatively constant since the early 1990s. Educational inequality has historically been higher among males than females, but recently the gap has narrowed substantially. Older age groups have experienced greater declines in educational inequality compared to younger age groups. Research extensions of the data presented in this paper are discussed. Appended are: (1) Full Methodology; (2) EduGini by Year, Age Group; (3) Male EduGini by Year, Age Group; and (4) Female EduGini by Year, Age Group. (Contains 5 figures, 3 tables, 20 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP)
Identifiers - Location: United States