BOOK RELEASE

The Merit Myth

This new book argues that the American higher-education system, rather than rewarding merit and providing equal opportunity, has widened social divisions and exacerbated inequality.

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Who We Are

Our research focuses on three core areas with the goal of better aligning education and training with workforce and labor market demand: Jobs, Skills, and Equity.

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Watch dynamic report overviews from our lead economists, media interviews, Capitol Hill testimonies, webinars, conference keynotes, and more.

Who We Are

We are an independent, nonprofit research and policy institute that studies the link between education, career qualifications, and workforce demands.

Interactive State Map

Use our interactive map to view state-level research on job projections, the economic value of college majors, sector studies on healthcare, nursing, and STEM.

Video Library

Watch dynamic report overviews from our lead economists, media interviews, Capitol Hill testimonies, webinars, conference keynotes, and more.

Who We Are

We are an independent, nonprofit research and policy institute that studies the link between education, career qualifications, and workforce demands.

Interactive State Map

Use our interactive map to view state-level research on job projections, the economic value of college majors, sector studies on healthcare, nursing, and STEM.

Resources

Report Overview
January 28, 2020

The Overlooked Value of Certificates and Associate's Degrees
What Students Need to Know Before They Go to College

Topic: Economic Value of Credentials & Competencies
Report Overview
January 14, 2020

ROI of Liberal Arts Colleges
Value Adds Up Over Time

Topic: Economic Value of Credentials & Competencies
Report Overview
December 6, 2019

Free College 101

Topic: Education and Workforce Policy
Report Overview
November 19, 2019

A First Try at ROI
Ranking 4,500 Colleges

Topic: Economic Value of Credentials & Competencies

Research Topics

Since 2008, we have conducted research related to Jobs, Skills, and Equity to better inform students, parents, teachers, and policymakers about the changing relationship between education and careers.

State and Local Analysis

We produce state-level research on the relationship between education and employment and provide state technical assistance.

Economic and Racial Justice

We study the intersections of education and employment by race, ethnicity, class, and gender to inform educators and policymakers about equity issues.

Education and Workforce Policy

Our research breaks down the policy silos among secondary and postsecondary education, and career pathways.

Non-economic Value of Higher Education

We study the effects of higher education on individual health, crime reduction, family stability, and higher rates of civic engagement.

Economic Value of Credentials & Competencies

We connect cognitive competencies with occupational demands and study the labor market value of two- and four-year degrees, certificate and certifications, and other credentials.

Job Projections & Education Requirements

We analyze the education requirements for jobs in different industries, occupations, and geographic areas.