Prior to beginning work on the Final Paper, read Steven Strauss’ article, The Connection
Between Education, Income Inequality, and Unemployment:
In your Final Paper, you should address the following based on the information presented in
the article and other research:
• Describe how a country can measure its income inequality.
• Evaluate the effect of income inequality on the U.S. economy, such as unemployment,
economic growth, and other economic factors.
• Estimate the gap between those who hold bachelor’s and higher (master or doctoral)
degrees and those who do not.
• Explain reasons why the inequality gap between educated and less-educated workers
has been widening.
• Evaluate whether increasing opportunities for higher education can reduce income
• Analyze what else causes U.S. income inequality to widen.
• Recommend how to reduce educationally based income inequality or other factors if
you were a federal policy maker.
The Education and Income Inequality Final Paper
• Must be eight to 10 double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references
pages) and formatted according to APA style
• Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph
needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.
• Must use at least five scholarly, peer-reviewed, and/or other credible sources in
addition to the course text.
• Must document any information used from sources in APA style as outlined in the
Writing Center’s
• Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as
outlined in the Writing Center

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