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 rising number of U.S. households with burdensome student debt calls for a federal response

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Worker power and pay quality for young workers without a college degree in the United States

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Promote economic and racial justice: Eliminate student loan debt and establish a right to higher education across the United States

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Is there a skilled labor shortage? The economic evidence on skills gap and labor shortage concerns

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Higher education is not the U.S. mobility engine it could be because admissions practices are rigging the system

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HBCU Enrollment and Longer-Term Outcomes

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Socioeconomic Diversity of Economics PhDs

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May jobs report: Young workers are entering a uniquely evolving U.S. labor market

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Is there a skilled labor shortage? The economic evidence on skills gap and labor shortage concerns

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Worker power and pay quality for young workers without a college degree in the United States

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Equitable Growth’s academic research and policy priorities shine through at Southern Economic Conference 2021

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New research shows the importance of worker power for addressing U.S. wage inequality

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A cost-benefit analysis of The American Families Plan’s proposed investment in a nationwide public preschool program

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How Exceptional is American Job Quality? Decent- and Poverty-Pay Rates by Age, Gender, and Education in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, and France*

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Completing the unfinished New Deal to overcome 21st century U.S. economic inequality

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School-to-Work Pathway and Racial/Ethnic Inequality among College Graduates

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U.S. labor markets require a new approach to higher education

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