Rich Kids Study English

Research by economics Professor Gregory Clark cited in The Atlantic.

New data shows that students whose parents make less money pursue more “useful” subjects, such as math or physics.

Clark looked at the majors chosen by students who attended Cambridge University in the past 15 or so years, and he zeroed in on students who had rare, elite surnames—which he used as an indicator of high social status. When he compared the majors of those students to students with typical English surnames, he saw that the elite students were much more likely to study classics, English, and history, and much less likely to study computer science and economics.

Read more at The Atlantic.