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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
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Published August 1st 2012 by Princeton University Press
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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.
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.
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.
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.
An absolutely masterful weaving together of economics, sociology, and public policy.
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