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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A college degree is not the solution to U.S. wage inequality

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

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

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College and intergenerational mobility: New evidence from administrative data

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Student loans: vehicle of opportunity or trojan horse?

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

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What’s your college degree worth? It may depend on your parents’ income

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How the student debt crisis affects African Americans and Latinos

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Like grandmother, like granddaughter: Education doesn’t change

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What explains the rise in college tuition in the United States?

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An introduction to the geography of student debt

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The pernicious effects of growing student debt on the economic security of young workers

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Why U.S. tax credits and tax deductions for higher education don’t work

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The merits and limits of “college for the masses”

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