Why Economic Sociologists Should Care About Education

Lauren A Rivera, Mitchell L. Stevens

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Education currently plays only a modest role in the work of economic sociologists, often appearing as a control variable in studies of organizations and careers. This is a missed opportunity and intellectual problem. Our premise in this brief essay is that education, the formal organization of schooling, is essential to the sociology of economic phenomena, and also comprises an influential market worthy of study in its own right. We focus here on higher education because colleges and universities most directly shape the things economic sociologists study directly. Colleges and universities also provide the primary homes for most economic sociologists own professional lives.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-8
Number of pages4
JournalAccounts: ASA Economic Sociology Newsletter
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2013


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