Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Does Federal College Aid Really Help or Is It Just Capitalized into Higher Tuitions?

June 11th, 2012

There’s a conservative talking point that opposes federal aid for college because, they claim, the aid just gets absorbed into higher tuitions.  Careful research does find such linkages when it comes to for-profit schools, but much less so when it comes to publics and non-profits, which is where about 90% of undergrads get their higher… Read more

Public Money/Private Schools…Don’t Let the Hulk See This

May 22nd, 2012

I guess I’ve been saying this a lot lately, but OMG…double and triple OMG. Read this (i.e., unless you’re the Hulk—saw The Avengers last wkend and you don’t want Bruce Banner getting excited about this—fun film btw…see it in 3d if you can).  It’s more top-notch muckraking from the NYT, this time exposing clear abuse… Read more

Underemployment and College Grads: Is There a Wage Premium?

May 17th, 2012

I keep seeing this statistic that large percentages of young college graduates—around half–are un- or underemployed.  This doesn’t surprise me, in that the downturn has been tough on young people in general, though those with college educations certainly have a leg up on those without. The rhetoric around this part of the debate, especially in… Read more

Snippets From this AM’s Papers

April 23rd, 2012

It’s a common concern among productivity freaks, and I include myself in that esteemed group, that as evolving economies shift from manufacturing to services, productivity growth is likely to slow due to inherent differentials in the pace of output-per-hour (i.e., productivity) between the two sectors. As economist William Baumol, an early writer about this dynamic,… Read more