Education and the economy: Exploring the link between educational attainment and earnings

Education and the economy: Exploring the link between educational attainment and earnings

For the Unit 6 assignment, you will analyze social problems in major social institutions by looking at the relationship between education and work using <link is hidden> Census Bureau data for your state of residence. You will suggest two questions for further study that could help to answer remaining questions about the link between educational attainment, earnings, and sex.

Before you begin: The Unit 5 learning activity gave you practice in reading national Census data in order to better understand social problems. Review that activity as a refresher for reading your state’s Census data on education and earnings for the Unit 6 assignment. Also, use the Unit 6 Assignment Template to help you organize your assignment.

Assignment Details

Step 1: Locate Census Data on education for your state using the following process:

Go to the <link is hidden> Census Bureau FactFinder site
Type your state name into the first search bar on the page that opens. Click Go.
When your state’s page opens, select Education from alphabetically ordered left hand menu.
Select Median Earnings by Educational Attainment from the Popular Tables by Geography list. The page will open to a table with median earnings by sex and educational attainment.
Step 2: Analyze the “Median Earnings by Educational Attainment” table for your state.

Write a 350-500 word essay in response to the prompts under the following headings.

Introduction – One paragraph

What is the purpose of the essay?
What steps will you take to achieve the purpose of the essay?
Include a thesis statement to forecast the direction for the rest of the paper.
Discussion of the Data – Three paragraphs

Name and fully describe the data source that will be used in the analysis.
Discuss the relationship suggested by the data between educational attainment and earnings. Give two examples from the “Median Earnings by Educational Attainment” table to support the relationship that you discover.
Compare and contrast earnings for males and females for two of the levels of educational attainment.
Note: Do not draw conclusions in this section.

Conclusion – 1-2 paragraphs

What two conclusions does the data suggest about the relationship between educational attainment and earnings?
Use data from the “Median Earnings by Educational Attainment” table to support the conclusions you made.
Summary and Suggestions for Further Study – One paragraph

Briefly restate the main points from the essay.
Propose two questions for further study that will help to better understand the relationship between educational attainment and the economy.
Step 3: Review and Meet the Submission Requirements

The completed essay must be within the range of 350-500 words in length to earn full credit. The essay should be double spaced and include the following:

12-point Times New Roman font.
1ʺ margins on all sides.
A separate title page and reference page.
Includes in-text citations to at least one scholarly source. The textbook is an excellent source. Remember: Wikipedia, encyclopedias, and encyclopedia-type sources (<link is hidden><link is hidden> and such) are not considered academic sources.

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