Chapter

Is IT Getting Harder to Get Ahead?

Mary Corcoran and Jordan Matsudaira

in On the Frontier of Adulthood

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780226748894
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226748924 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226748924.003.0011
Is IT Getting Harder to Get Ahead?

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Moving out of the childhood bedroom, setting up one's own household, and paying for it with one's earnings have always been major markers of a successful transition to adulthood for men and are increasingly becoming ones for women. Achieving residential and financial independence is usually contingent on finding employment. This chapter asks whether adult transitions into the labor market have changed for young adults by comparing the economic trajectories of young adults born in the 1950s to those of young adults born in the 1960s. It also examines whether such changes have differed by race and sex and whether sex-based economic inequality, race-based economic inequality, and intergenerational income inequality have increased, decreased, or remained constant over time.

Keywords: labor market; employment; adult transitions; adulthood; young adults; race; sex; economic inequality

Chapter.  14970 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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