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Inequality – ‘wicked problems’, labour market outcomes and the search for silver bullets.

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  • Additional Information
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      earnings
      educational attainment
      inequality
      low pay
      occupational mobility
      over-qualification
      skills
      the labour market
    • Abstract:
      In recent years concerns about inequality have been growing in prominence within UK policy debates. The many causes of inequality of earnings and income are complex in their interactions and their tendency to reinforce one another. This makes inequality an intractable or ‘wicked’ policy problem, particularly within a contemporary context in which many of the established policy responses from previous eras are at best discussed in muted terms and more normally deemed to be unavailable. This reflects the eclipse of ‘equality of outcome’ models and the concomitant rise of ‘equality of opportunity’ as the new policy mantra from Thatcher onwards. As traditional policy responses have withered, the role of education and training as a ‘silver bullet’ that can address a host of economic and social challenges has come to the fore. This article outlines policy makers’ beliefs that improving the educational attainment of students from lower socio-economic backgrounds can enable them to compete more effectively for elite jobs, and also that increasing the supply of educated employees can transform the level of demand for skills from employers. These beliefs are then critiqued, with reference to occupational congestion, over-qualification and the evidence that skills supply does not always create its own demand. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1University of Oxford, UK
    • ISSN:
      0305-4985
    • Accession Number:
      10.1080/03054985.2014.979580
    • Accession Number:
      99713034
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      KEEP, E.; MAYHEW, K. Inequality – ‘wicked problems’, labour market outcomes and the search for silver bullets. Oxford Review of Education, [s. l.], v. 40, n. 6, p. 764–781, 2014. DOI 10.1080/03054985.2014.979580. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=99713034&custid=s8280428. Acesso em: 3 jul. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Keep E, Mayhew K. Inequality – ‘wicked problems’, labour market outcomes and the search for silver bullets. Oxford Review of Education. 2014;40(6):764-781. doi:10.1080/03054985.2014.979580.
    • AMA11:
      Keep E, Mayhew K. Inequality – ‘wicked problems’, labour market outcomes and the search for silver bullets. Oxford Review of Education. 2014;40(6):764-781. doi:10.1080/03054985.2014.979580
    • APA:
      Keep, E., & Mayhew, K. (2014). Inequality – ‘wicked problems’, labour market outcomes and the search for silver bullets. Oxford Review of Education, 40(6), 764–781. https://doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2014.979580
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Keep, Ewart, and Ken Mayhew. 2014. “Inequality – ‘Wicked Problems’, Labour Market Outcomes and the Search for Silver Bullets.” Oxford Review of Education 40 (6): 764–81. doi:10.1080/03054985.2014.979580.
    • Harvard:
      Keep, E. and Mayhew, K. (2014) ‘Inequality – “wicked problems”, labour market outcomes and the search for silver bullets’, Oxford Review of Education, 40(6), pp. 764–781. doi: 10.1080/03054985.2014.979580.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Keep, E & Mayhew, K 2014, ‘Inequality – “wicked problems”, labour market outcomes and the search for silver bullets’, Oxford Review of Education, vol. 40, no. 6, pp. 764–781, viewed 3 July 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Keep, Ewart, and Ken Mayhew. “Inequality – ‘Wicked Problems’, Labour Market Outcomes and the Search for Silver Bullets.” Oxford Review of Education, vol. 40, no. 6, Dec. 2014, pp. 764–781. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/03054985.2014.979580.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Keep, Ewart, and Ken Mayhew. “Inequality – ‘Wicked Problems’, Labour Market Outcomes and the Search for Silver Bullets.” Oxford Review of Education 40, no. 6 (December 2014): 764–81. doi:10.1080/03054985.2014.979580.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Keep E, Mayhew K. Inequality – ‘wicked problems’, labour market outcomes and the search for silver bullets. Oxford Review of Education [Internet]. 2014 Dec [cited 2020 Jul 3];40(6):764–81. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=99713034&custid=s8280428