Families Post-secondary Education
Topic Post-secondary Education

College or an equivalent postsecondary credential remain the hallmark of “successful” investment in human capital and preparation for a high-skilled U.S. labor market, yet college access and completion rates are highly unequal by race, family economic background, and other demographic indicators. Moreover, the cost of college has skyrocketed such that student debt burdens threaten to make investments in postsecondary education less economically valuable and less viable for lower-income students than in the past. Equitable Growth is growing the evidence base for how postsecondary education serves as both an accelerator of and a mediator of economic inequalities, and looking for solutions that make lifelong investments in human capital via postsecondary education viable for all.

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The student loan crisis is fueled by a weak labor market

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College may not be the great equalizer across race and ethnicity

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How other nations handle student debt and what the United States could learn from them

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How the student debt crisis affects African Americans and Latinos

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Expert Focus: Leading Black scholars on U.S. economic inequality and growth

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How other nations handle student debt and what the United States could learn from them

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Seminar Series: Student loans and the labor market (Invitation Only)

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Student loans and the labor market: Evidence from merit aid programs

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The impact of need-based financial aid reform on the decision to attend college

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