Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

College Completion: A Margin with Real Potential

November 16th, 2011

I recently posted on education and the workforce, evaluating the pervasive skills mismatch argument, which I found somewhat wanting, but mostly off point: there’s not a lot of evidence that employers skill demands are going unmet; there is solid evidence of a high wage premium for skill (but it’s not accelerating); and at the end… Read more

Thinking About Education, Skills, and Work: Part 1

November 7th, 2011

Just prepping for a talk on education and wanted to share some thoughts. Too often, economists and policymakers have one recommendation to fix everything: more education.  And truth be told, I’m pretty much on board, but there are important nuances that tend to be left out of the discussion. –Particularly when it comes to K-12,… Read more

Aspen Ideas, Final Installment: Where are the Business Republicans?

July 2nd, 2011

One of the things you do at a gathering like the Aspen Ideas Festival is rub shoulders with people from different walks of life.  In interacting with some pretty elevated folks from the business community, I was struck by an important question: where are the business Republicans in the current dysfunctional fiscal debate? In the… Read more


June 18th, 2011

I recently suggested a national infrastructure program to repair, insulate, and green the nation’s public schools.  As described here, this is a “dialable” concept that could go from meeting the maintenance backlog to more ambitious retrofits and technology upgrades. Now I’ve even got a name for it, Fix America’s Schools Today, or FAST.  I think… Read more