Ford and Baker win Spencer Foundation Grant

Dr. David Baker is co-principal investigator (with Dr. Karly Sarita Ford) on a new research project that was funded by the Spencer Foundation.  The project is titled “The Educational and Cognitive Transformation of Social Opportunity and Inequality” and builds on Baker’s previous work on the changing nature of work, education, and society.  The project will use a series of international datasets to answer the following research questions: What is the impact of cognitive job skills and educational credentials on occupational outcomes for cohorts of young American adults between 1992 and 2012? How do advanced degrees and cognitive skills from schooling influence labor market opportunity and disadvantage for groups that vary by gender, race, immigrant status and parental education? And to put the American case in greater context, what is the relationship between education and cognitive abilities and labor market outcomes in other highly developed national economies?

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