Education and Income Inequality

Education and Income Inequality

Prior to beginning work on the Final Paper, read Steven Strauss’ article, The Connection

Between Education, Income Inequality, and Unemployment (Links to an external site.). In your

Final Paper, you should address the following based on the information presented in the article

and other research:

• Describe how a country can measure its income inequality.

• Evaluate the effect of income inequality on the U.S. economy, such as unemployment,

economic growth, and other economic factors.

• Estimate the gap between those who hold bachelor’s and higher (master or doctoral)

degrees and those who do not.

• Explain reasons why the inequality gap between educated and less-educated workers

has been widening.

• Evaluate whether increasing opportunities for higher education can reduce income


• Analyze what else causes U.S. income inequality to widen.

• Recommend how to reduce educationally based income inequality or other factors if

you were a federal policy maker.

The Education and Income Inequality Final Paper

• Must be eight double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages)

and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA Style

resource (Links to an external site.).

• Must include a separate title page with the following:

o Title of paper

o Student’s name

o Course name and number

o Instructor’s name

o Date submitted

• For further assistance with the formatting and the title page, refer to APA Formatting

for Microsoft Word (Links to an external site.).

• Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external site.) resource

for additional guidance.

• Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph

needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.

o For assistance on writing Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external site.)

as well as Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.), refer to the

Writing Center resources.



• Must use at least five scholarly, peer-reviewed, and/or other credible sources in

addition to the course text.

o The Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external

site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have

questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment,

please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the

appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.

• Must document any information used from sources in APA style as outlined in the

Writing Center’s Citing Within Your Paper guide (Links to an external site.).

• Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as

outlined in the Writing Center. See the Formatting Your References List (Links to an

external site.) resource in the Writing Center for specifications.



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