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Unequal Colleges in the Age of Disparity

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$39.95 • £28.95 • €36.00

ISBN 9780674975712

Publication Date: 10/30/2017


448 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

1 halftone, 62 graphs, 8 tables

Belknap Press


All of Charles Clotfelter’s books about higher education have been home runs, but Unequal Colleges in the Age of Disparity is a grand slam. Wonderfully well written, it should be read by everyone concerned with growing income inequality in the U.S. and the role our evolving higher education system has played in contributing to it.—Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Cornell University

Clotfelter shows how the pattern of undergraduate education in the U.S. has, in the last four decades, done more to perpetuate economic inequality than to provide pathways for upward mobility. His analysis should concern anyone who cares about higher education, and spur efforts to address this complex issue more aggressively than we have in the past.—Nannerl O. Keohane, Princeton University

Clotfelter is one of the best-regarded researchers in the economics of education. His book is a must-read for anybody interested in how the undergraduate education market in the U.S. has evolved over the last forty years.—Brian P. McCall, University of Michigan

Most people connected to higher education are instinctively egalitarian, yet they work and study in a system that is saturated with inequality—in admissions, in resources, in prestige, and in outcomes. Clotfelter tells the story of these inequalities in a dispassionate and accessible way, but with exceptional lucidity and deep knowledge.—Michael S. McPherson, President of the Spencer Foundation

A deeply researched, stimulating, and thoughtful analysis of the role of undergraduate education in America in sustaining the growing inequalities of our nation. A treasure trove of relevant data and careful analysis.—Harold T. Shapiro, Princeton University