What Solves Poverty
The reason why Asian Americans are doing better then African Americans becomes very clear in one of the figures Hilger presents in his paper:
|Above copied from Nathaniel Hilger, Upward Mobility and Discrimination: The Case of Asian Americans|
There is likewise a great income divide between the rich and the poor in the Philippines. Clearly, from the lesson above, what cures poverty is not education, but fairness. Unskilled labor and even skilled labor wages in the Philippines fall far below those of professionals. Adding two years at the end of high school can not really reduce the income gap in the Philippines as long as minimum wages are kept low.