Economics of a College Education
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Low Demand for Bachelor's Degrees and High Supply Lead to Continued Low Salaries








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Oversupply Pushed Wages Down

See Salary Data 1  2  from and Salary Payback Analysis from WSJ

Economist Thoughts on Education

P. Krugman: rising wage premium for higher education is over 

L.Thurow: little/no payoff from a little bit more education

C. Murray: encouraged more investing in our best and
A. Greenspan: solving skills shortage with education reform
     will take years.

P. Drucker: stress what learners do well, schools don't do that

For more on economist opinions concerning college education visit Educating the Class of 2030 and  a one page summary

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Few High Wage Jobs Being Created

Only Half of First-Time College Students Graduate in 6 Years  "...just over half of them (54.1 percent) had graduated within six years. Another 16.1 percent were still enrolled in some sort of postsecondary program after six years, and 29.8 percent had dropped out altogether." from  by CATHERINE RAMPELL

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Educating the Class of 2030

Determinates of Demand-College Education

In a Flat World our best and brightest students are in a competitive struggle with the best and brightest from around the world. Their wealth creating ideas will quickly spread around the world

More Intelligent Computers
mean the education level of workers replaced will increase.

Robots mean less Workers.
Whether it's portable flexible cheap robots in manufacturing
or robots cleaning offices and homes or 3-D printers creating everywhere, required hours
per task will dramatically drop.




Major matters - The lifetime earnings of an education or arts major working in the service sector are actually lower than the average lifetime earnings of a high school graduate.


Editors Note: Those who determine spending on education have decided that all students are created equal but remember that "some students were created more
equal than others. People with the personal characteristics it takes to complete
college are substantially above average and would make more than average even without college.
Ask Bill Gates or my talented buddy Alton who never finished but did very well.

Bachelors Degree Only Earnings Are Down 15%
as Costs Are Way Up

So Delinquency Rates Skyrocket

It's Not Getting Better


Average Student Loan Debt
Bachelor's Degree Jobs

Source 6/14

Educating the Class 2030


Public Colleges Certificates Aren't-a-Better Bet Than For Profits Programs


Many Do Not Finish Though
Profits Have Incentive to Keep Students In Class


Only the Top Public Students Make a Return on Investment

The earnings gap doesn't tell the whole story.

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