Hi all! This week we’re discussing the following readings:
- Gerber, Theodore, and Sin Yi Cheung. 2008. “Horizontal Stratification in Postsecondary Education: Forms, Explanations, and Implications.” Annual Review of Sociology 34:299–318.
- Torche, Florencia. 2011. “Is a College Degree Still the Great Equalizer? Intergenerational Mobility across Levels of Schooling in the United States” American Journal of Sociology 117(3): 763-807.
Carefully go over my PowerPoint presentation with voiceover where I explain important ideas and concepts covered in the readings. (To listen to the voiceover you need to go to presentation mode)
Now watch the video below where Florencia Torche herself talks about her paper.
Lecture Posts Questions:
On the comments section below, address the following questions (answers should be at least 100 words in length and posted by Sunday – This is how participation points are assessed (worth 30% of your final grade!) Please save your comments in a safe document before attempting to post it.
- From my PowerPoint presentation, what still isn’t very clear? Any questions, thoughts or comments you would like to share?
- From the readings are all concepts clear?
- Summarize the main takeaways from the video.
- What is your opinion, why do graduates of higher ranking-institutions on average have higher subsequent earnings than graduates from lower-ranking institutions? Is it a function of:
- Human Capital
- Signal Effects
- Social Capital
- Selection Effect
Or Maybe it’s a combination of these factors? Or maybe something else?
5. From Torche’s paper, what do you think might explain this “U-shaped” pattern of parental influence that she finds (The intergenerational association is strongest among those with less than a college degree; it substantially weakens among college graduates and then regains strength among advanced-degree holders) ?