Journal of Economic Perspectives: Vol. 16 No. 3 (Summer 2002)


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The Inheritance of Inequality

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Bowles, Samuel, and Herbert Gintis. 2002. "The Inheritance of Inequality." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 16(3): 3-30.

DOI: 10.1257/089533002760278686


How level is the intergenerational playing field? What are the causal mechanisms that underlie the intergenerational transmission of economic status? Are these mechanisms amenable to public policies in a way that would make the attainment of economic success more fair? These are the questions we will try to answer.

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