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The Undereducated American

The United States has been underproducing college-educated workers for decades.   The undersupply of postsecondary-educated workers has led to both inefficiency and inequity

Adding 20 million additional postsecondary-educated workers over the course of the next 15 years will help us meet the economy’s need for efficiency and reduce income inequality.

-The Undereducated American

  • Looking ahead to the year 2025, there are two potential paths forward. Current supply trend: +1.0% per year. Supply trend: +2.6% per year.

  • From 1915 to 1980, supply grew in tandem with demand. But, starting in 1990, the share of college-educated young people in the workforce rose very slowly.

  • 96%

    The disparity between the wages of college-educated workers and high school-educated workers will jump from 74% to 96% if we do nothing. If we add 20 million postsecondary-educated workers, wages for all groups will rise.

  • Learn more about our findings: View Full Report

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