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Human Capitalism: How Economic Growth Has Made Us Smarter--and More Unequal

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What explains the growing class divide between the well educated and everybody else? Noted author Brink Lindsey, a senior scholar at the Kauffman Foundation, argues that it's because economic expansion is creating an increasingly complex world in which only a minority with the right knowledge and skills--the right "human capital"--reap the majority of the economic rewards. ...more
ebook, 115 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Princeton University Press
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Laurie Neighbors
Dec 13, 2015 Laurie Neighbors rated it did not like it
I don't think Brink Lindsey gets out much.
Jason
May 14, 2014 Jason rated it really liked it
An accessible account of the benefits and challenges of growth, synthesizing some of the leading research from economics and sociology, by an unconventional libertarian. I enjoyed listening to this on Audible.
Tom Statton
May 30, 2015 Tom Statton rated it really liked it
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A short book that lays out the economic need for human skills in abstract thinking, persistence, delay of rewards for future goals, etc., against the cultural resistance to these skills by lower income groups. He gives thoughtful solutions which do not include moral bashing. Very thoughtful, well researched with good notes, and evenly balanced.
Peter Blok
Jan 30, 2016 Peter Blok rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book explains, very convincingly, that there will not be enough work for everybody in the future.
Ward
Aug 28, 2012 Ward rated it really liked it
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An interesting even-handed take on the rise of inequality and the decrease in social mobility since the mid-70's. The rising skill level required of work with the increasing value given to education in abstract reasoning, and the different parenting practices by class have led to greater differences in success. His prescription of solutions for the problems are less persuasive.
Joseph
Jun 07, 2013 Joseph rated it it was amazing
Short (but dense at times) read that gives even handed, thoughtful comments on why inequality is increasing and well explored ideas on what can or can not be done about it. Really enjoyed the comments/arguments about nurture versus nature in predicting how socieconomic status passes from one generation to the next.
Tim
Nov 21, 2012 Tim rated it really liked it
Brink Lindsey is a great writer, always challenging us to think about things in a new way that seems obvious only afterwards. That's the mark of a wise man.
Sam
May 25, 2013 Sam rated it it was amazing
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An absolutely masterful weaving together of economics, sociology, and public policy.
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