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NewsFlash: February 9, 2007

The Real Story Behind Inequality and Education

Lawmakers, including President Bush, insist the main reason behind the growth of economic inequality is increased rewards to education. But a new issue brief from EPI shows that this explanation tells only part of the story, and is particularly inadequate regarding recent inequality trends.

Senior economist Jared Bernstein and president Lawrence Mishel examine the many forces driving the recent rise in inequality, showing that while more highly educated workers always have an earnings advantage over others, even a college degree will not inoculate workers against the many economic challenges they face today.

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