Can Women Close the Wage Gap through Educational Gains?

Women have made extraordinary strides in closing the gender wage gap. Education is their primary strategy for gaining access to the labor force and achieving economic prosperity. Since 1975, the gender wage gap has narrowed by 24 cents, and women’s participation in college has nearly doubled. The analysis suggests that the wage gap is 7 percent smaller than it would be…

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Thinking about college? Pay attention to these 5 rules

Now more than ever, postsecondary education is a key pathway to economic independence. Before the 1980s, two-thirds of jobs required a high school education or less. Now, the same share of jobs requires at least some college. But just as postsecondary education has become more valuable, it has also become more expensive. At four-year public colleges and universities, tuition and…

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Latinos: Moving Forward toward a Promising Future

As we near the end of Hispanic Heritage month, we’re reflecting on Latinos’ contributions to American culture and the economy. Latinos have made significant strides in educational attainment and workforce participation. Their high school graduation rates are up and growing and their postsecondary attainment rate has increased from 35 to 45 percent since 1992. But, compared to their White and Black…

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Hats off to the Class of 2017. Let the Job Hunt Begin

Congratulations to the Class of 2017. Earning a Bachelor’s degree is a great step towards building a promising future. But will this year’s graduates (nearly 1.9 million) gain a foothold in today’s job market? The good news is the economy is much stronger than it has been in recent years.

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