The Education Exchange: Are Connections the Way to Get Ahead?

Friendships may be important, but family structure matters even more

Photo of Angela DillsA Professor of Economics and the Gimelstob-Landry Distinguished Professor of Regional Economic Development at Western Carolina University, Angela K. Dills, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Dills’ latest research, which investigates the role of social capital on upward social and economic mobility.

The paper, “Are Connections the Way to Get Ahead? Social Capital, Student Achievement, Friendships, and Social Mobility,” co-written with Peterson and M. Danish Shakeel, is available now.

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