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The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility (The Princeton Economic History of the Western World) Hardcover – 23 Feb 2014

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (18 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691162549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691162546
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 601,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Audicious . . ."--Barbara Kiser, "Nature"

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""The Son Also Rises". . . . That is the new Greg Clark book and yes it is an event and yes you should buy it."--Tyler Cowen, "Marginal Revolution"

"Audacious . . ."--Barbara Kiser, "Nature"


One of "Choice"'s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2014One of "Vox"'s "Best Books We Read in 2014"


Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Economics, Association of American Publishers

One of "Choice"'s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2014

One of "Vox"'s "Best Books We Read in 2014"


Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Economics, Association of American Publishers
One of "Choice"'s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2014
One of "Vox"'s "Best Books We Read in 2014"

"Deeply challenging . . ."--Margaret Wente, "Globe & Mail"

"Audacious."--Barbara Kiser, "Nature"

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"This is the most exciting research on the 'American Dream' of social mobility to come along in many years.The Son Also Rises provides deep insights into not only the ability or inability of children to surpass their parents' socioeconomic class, but also into the surprising importance of the family to generate prosperity in general."--William Easterly, author of The White Man's Burden

"The Son Also Rises is a remarkable challenge to conventional wisdom about social mobility. Using highly original methods and ranging widely across world history, Clark argues that the activities of governments impact mobility much less than most of us think--and that the only sure path to success is to be born to the right parents. Everyone interested in public policy should read this book."--Ian Morris, author ofWhy the West Rules--for Now

"An important and original contribution to the literature on social mobility, The Son Also Rises is provocative and adversarial, and a brilliant tour de force. Bravo!"--Cormac O Grada, author ofFamine: A Short History

"The Son Also Rises is clever, thoughtful, and well written, and provides a completely new perspective on an enduring issue--the extent of social mobility. This very provocative book will garner a great deal of attention."--Joseph P. Ferrie, Northwestern University

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