Education Isn't the Key to a Good Income | The Atlantic

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"Rothstein’s work also comports well with some research findings out of Canada. The country has relatively high rates of intergenerational mobility—significantly higher than in the United States or Britain. That said, this past year, the University of Ottawa economist Miles Corak found that, similar to the U.S., where one grows up in Canada seems to largely determine one’s economic chances in adulthood. Marie Connolly, an economist at the University of Quebec in Montreal who collaborates with Corak, told me that after studying geographic mobility across Canada, her team has identified similar patterns as Rothstein did in the United States. “Education is just not a big part of the story,” she says. “You can see a little role for school quality, but the structure of the labor market seems to be a much bigger driver.”

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