Sunday, June 26, 2011
College Pays Off
David Leonhardt of the New York Times presents a nice argument outlining the economic benefits of college these days, despite the recent spate of stories questioning its value. An interesting feature of his argument is that a college education increases earnings even for those in occupations that don't routinely require such an education, including secretaries, plumbers, and cashiers. And he cites a study that shows that an investment in a college education, despite rising tuition and fees, pays off at a 15% average rate over time--more than twice as much as investing in stocks, for example. And of course there are, we like to believe, less tangible pay-offs as well.
Posted by Dave Johnson at 6/26/2011 11:00:00 AM