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Education and Jobs
The Great Training Robbery

By Ivar Berg

Education and Jobs
Paperback, 266 pages £29.00
Published: 2003
ISBN: 9780971242753
Format: 202mm x 137mm
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Subjects: Education, Eliot Werner Publications, Sociology

In this famous study, selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the most important social science books of 1971, the author argues that the familiar correlation between educational training and job performance is a myth and that the upgrading of the supply of labor is meaningless unless we reconsider the nature of the demand. A lengthy new introduction by the author extends his critique into the 1990s. Originally published by Praeger in 1970.

From the Foreword:

'[P]rovides the reader with rich fare. . . . Berg has opened up important new questions and has cast serious doubts upon accepted answers to old questions . . . . In attacking the hallowed beliefs of statesmen, employers, economists, and educators, he has let in new light where light has long been needed. And he has done so with scholarly acumen, stylistic grace, and a saving sense of humor—qualities all too rare in academe.' Eli Ginzberg, Columbia University

Introduction to the Percheron Press Edition: The Great Training Robbery: Revisiting the Science

1. Educational Commitments: An Overview

2. Education in Economic Perspective

3. Job Requirements and Educational Achievement

4. Demographic and Managerial Requirements

5. Educational Achievements and Worker Performance

6. Educational Achievements and Job-Related Attitudes

7. The Blue-Collar Worker: A Special Case

 8. Education and Public Service

9. The Great Training Robbery


'[This] brilliantly subtitled book . . . is a major contribution to understanding the reality of the labor market.' (Robert A. Nixon, Social Policy)

[A] brief, lucid, and devastating book which deserves to be widely read.' (Lawrence Stone, New York Review of Books)

Ivar Berg, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 266 pages
 202mm x 137mm

BIC Code:
 Eliot Werner Publications


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