An Analysis of Earnings

Jeffrey Lasbrook, SUNY Brockport
Learning Goals

Learning outcomes for this assignment include further honing analytical skills in terms of generating, reading, and interpreting rudimentary forms of data analysis. We increase our sophistication though by introducing a third variable into our crosstab analysis._x000D_
Other skills you will learn include:_x000D_
Quantitative writing_x000D_
Creating visual tools representing quantitative data in the form of charts or graphs_x000D_
Translating data finding to inform decision making_x000D_
Unfortunately, we don’t have the type of data necessary to examine all of these ideas as fully as they might warrant, but we can use census data to shed some general light on individual versus structural factors._x000D_
Objectives for this exercise include addressing the following questions:_x000D_
Is there a relationship between education and earnings as human capital theorists contend?_x000D_
Do the occupation or industry people work in influence at all the relationship between their education and earnings?_x000D_
What about ascribed statuses like race and gender?_x000D_
Do blacks and whites, men and women earn the same amount if they have equal levels of education

Context for Use

This exercise was developed for use in an upper-level sociology course. The exercise was presented as part of a unit to better understand the concepts of social class, wealth, and power by examining historical and contemporary data on financial resources. This is Part II of Jeffrey Lashbrook’s exercise, continuing off of “Current and Historic Patterns in the Distribution of Income.


Teaching Notes and Tips

This activity uses two customized data sets made from the 2000 Census and guides students through data manipulation using WebCHIP software found at DataCounts!. To open WebCHIP with the dataset for the activity, please see instructions and links in the exercise documents under teaching materials. For more information on how to use WebCHIP, see the How To section on DataCounts!

References and Resources

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