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College Degrees: Why Aren't More People Making the Investment?

By Maria E. Canon and Charles S. Gascon

The benefits of a college diploma are many, including higher pay, lower unemployment, maybe even better health. Yet many high school graduates still do not pursue a college degree. This article examines several key reasons why more people aren’t making this investment in themselves.

2.0 (29 Reviews)


Earnings Growth Over a Lifetime: Not What It Used To Be

By Yu-Chien Kong and B. Ravikumar

A typical worker's earnings grow over his lifetime. The generation of workers born in the 1910s experienced more growth than the generation born in the 1940s.

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Which Came First—Better Education or Better Health?

By Rubén Hernández-Murillo and Christopher J. Martinek

Better-educated people appear to be in better health than less-educated people. But does more education cause better health, or are there other factors at play – such as income and access to information?

1.5 (15 Reviews)


A Bleak 30 Years for Black Men: Economic Progress Was Slim in Urban America

By Natalia A. Kolesnikova and Yang Liu

In many ways, black men were still worse off than white men in 2000, more than three decades after passage of the Civil Rights Act. A decline in manufacturing and relatively low levels of education were contributing factors.

2.5 (14 Reviews)


The Dismal Science Tackles Happiness Data

By Rubén Hernández-Murillo and Christopher J. Martinek

While many believe that money does buy happiness, research shows that richer people aren’t necessarily happier people, especially in the United States.

3.0 (7 Reviews)


The Return to Education Isn't Calculated Easily

By Natalia A. Kolesnikova

Most studies estimate that the return to each year of education is about 10 percent. But calculating the financial gain is not a cut-and-dried process. Even more difficult is calculating the nonmonetary return.

2.5 (28 Reviews)


From Community College to a Bachelor's Degree and Beyond: How Smooth Is the Road?

By Natalia A. Kolesnikova

Those who start out at a community college and go on to get a four-year or better degree usually face a rougher road than those who start out at a four-year college. The paycheck at the end of the road is often less for those in the former group.

3.0 (2 Reviews)


Community Colleges: Not So Junior Anymore

By Natalia A. Kolesnikova and Luke Shimek

Originally, their goal was to prepare students to transfer to a four-year college. Today, they also offer work force training, certification in professions, adult continuing education-and even bachelor's degrees.

3.5 (3 Reviews)


U.S. Income Inequality: It's Not So Bad

By Thomas A. Garrett

Census data show that the income of the rich is growing faster than the income of the poor. But such common measures exaggerate the degree of income inequality. In addition, income inequality is the result of-and not a detriment to-a well-functioning economy.

3.0 (6 Reviews)


District Overview: Revisions in Jobs Data: A New Picture of Metro-Area Employment in the Eighth District

By Michael R. Pakko and Howard J. Wall

0.0 (0 Reviews)


Adding Up the Economic Effects of Immigration

By Rubén Hernández-Murillo

The influx of low-skilled and undocumented workers raises concerns about the impact on low-skilled U.S.-born workers and on the tax burden for all those born in the United States.

4.0 (3 Reviews)


What's in a Name? Reconciling Conflicting Evidence on Ethnic Names

By Kristie M. Engemann and Michael T. Owyang

One study shows that Kenya and Hakim might have more trouble getting their résumés noticed than Allison and Brad do. But another study indicates that distinctively African-American names don’t lead to worse economic outcomes in adulthood.

0.0 (0 Reviews)


So Much for That Merit Raise: The Link between Wages and Appearance

By Kristie M. Engemann and Michael T. Owyang

If you think that your career advancement is based solely on your productivity, think again.  As hard as it may be for Horatio Alger fans to accept, workers who are taller, thinner or better looking than the rest of us can have an edge.

2.5 (2 Reviews)


Keep Your Résumé Current: The Causes Behind Declining Job Tenure

By Kristie M. Engemann Leora Friedberg, and Michael T. Owyang,

Having the same job for one's entire career has become much less common over the past quarter-century.  Many people switch jobs voluntarily; others, not.  Behind this trend are changes in demographics, changes in technology and changes in such institutions as unions and international trade.

5.0 (1 Reviews)


Community Profile: Historic Vincennes, Ind., Draws Strength from Within

By Stephen P. Greene

4.0 (1 Reviews)


For Love or Money: Why Married Men Make More

By Abbigail J. Chiodo and Michael T. Owyang

Whether it's because of employer bias or their own hard work, men who've married are paid more than those who've never said "I do."

3.5 (3 Reviews)


How Much of the Gender Wage Gap Is Due to Discrimination?

By Howard J. Wall and Alyson Reed

Not much, says economist Howard Wall. Plenty, says Alyson Reed of the National Committee On Pay Equity.

4.0 (11 Reviews)


The District Economy: Still the Front Runner or Just Part of the Pack?

By Adam M. Zaretsky

The economy of the Eighth Federal Reserve District gets a second wind.

0.0 (0 Reviews)


The Gender Wage Gap And Wage Discrimination: Illusion or Reality?

By Howard J. Wall

The wage gap between men and women is not as large as you think, nor is it entirely due to discrimination.

4.0 (8 Reviews)


Working In The Golden Years And Paying For It: The Retirement Earnings Test

By Adam M. Zaretsky

With heavy penalties for post-retirement employment, it's no wonder that senior citizens are choosing the golf course over the labor force.

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