Social isolation and inequality

Andrew Postlewaite, Dan Silverman

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Abstract

There is an increasing interest in the concept of social exclusion and the related concept of social isolation and their potential role in understanding inequality. We examine the degree to which voluntary separation from social activities during adolescence affects adult wages. It is well-known that participation in high school athletic programs leads to higher adult wages. We present empirical evidence that this premium is not primarily due to selection on predetermined characteristics valued in the labor market.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-262
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Economic Inequality
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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