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Late to School: Access to Education for Disadvantaged Parents

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Economic Inequality continues to expand in the United States. Opportunities for economic and social mobility grow increasingly limited and narrow. Investments in human capital through education remain the most effective means of moving up the socioeconomic ladder. Recently, low-income parents have been returning to school in larger numbers in the hopes of gaining skills that will lead to better employment opportunities, but they face greater obstacles than the traditional college student. What is the role of the government in equalizing opportunity and access to education? Specifically, do public transfers aid or discourage continuing education? Using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, I examine the effect of social welfare programs on the educational attainment of disadvantaged parents. The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study is a longitudinal study of nearly 5,000 children born in large U.S. cities between 1998 and 2000 (roughly three-quarters of whom were born to unmarried parents). The Study consists of interviews with both mothers and fathers at birth and again when children are ages one, three, five, and nine. Part two of my research examines the returns to education for disadvantaged parents. While the social and economic benefits of education have been repeatedly demonstrated for young people, do older adults with children realize similar types of returns?
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Dyer, Shauna. "Late to School: Access to Education for Disadvantaged Parents" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon, Mar 27, 2014 <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p708163_index.html>

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Dyer, S. , 2014-03-27 "Late to School: Access to Education for Disadvantaged Parents" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p708163_index.html

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Abstract: Economic Inequality continues to expand in the United States. Opportunities for economic and social mobility grow increasingly limited and narrow. Investments in human capital through education remain the most effective means of moving up the socioeconomic ladder. Recently, low-income parents have been returning to school in larger numbers in the hopes of gaining skills that will lead to better employment opportunities, but they face greater obstacles than the traditional college student. What is the role of the government in equalizing opportunity and access to education? Specifically, do public transfers aid or discourage continuing education? Using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, I examine the effect of social welfare programs on the educational attainment of disadvantaged parents. The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study is a longitudinal study of nearly 5,000 children born in large U.S. cities between 1998 and 2000 (roughly three-quarters of whom were born to unmarried parents). The Study consists of interviews with both mothers and fathers at birth and again when children are ages one, three, five, and nine. Part two of my research examines the returns to education for disadvantaged parents. While the social and economic benefits of education have been repeatedly demonstrated for young people, do older adults with children realize similar types of returns?


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