Concerning Upward Mobility, Geography Is Destiny

Concerning Upward Mobility, Geography Is Destiny

In your quest to find cheaper housing could you handicap your children’s economic future? For human geography graduate students at the University of Colorado, statistics was required coursework. I preferred theory and would rather debate philosophy than mind quantitative analysis. I put off stats as long as I could. Running out of semesters before I had to defend my thesis, I missed the window to take the class in the geography department and ended up attending “data analysis” with psychology graduate students. Two professors team taught and took a conceptual approach. I was hooked. We replicated a lot of studies, including predicting how applicants to the university would perform. The best predictor of college success was the level of educational attainment for the parents. Since gleaning that understanding, I haven’t worried all that much about where my children went to ...

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