In general, people with less education and fewer job skills tend to earn lower wages that people with more education and greater job skills. However, this is not always true. Consider this Tampa Bay Times NIE video about the racial wage gap.
Why might changes in economic conditions or policies cause changes in income? Consider the link between Civics and Economics. The wage gap was lower in 1979 than it is now! Have laws changed? What about overall income inequality? What changes in laws and taxes can lead to increasing income gaps? Consider labor unions. Have unions grown or decreased since the late 1970's? How could this impact changes?
SS.8.FL.1.4 Examine the fact that people with less education and fewer job skills tend to earn lower incomes than people with more education and greater job skills.
SS.912.FL.1.5 Discuss reasons why changes in economic conditions or the labor market can cause changes in a worker’s income or may cause unemployment.
Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.