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Is College Still Worth It: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

May 24, 2018

Welcome


Keynote Address

Susan Dynarski, Professor of Public Policy, Education and Economics, and Co-Director, Education Policy Initiative, University of Michigan
Keynote Address presentation slides


Session One: Is College Still Worth It? The New Calculus of Falling Returns

  • Presentation slides: Is College Still Worth It? (PDF)
  • William Emmons, Lead Economist, Center for Household Financial Stability, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
  • Lowell Ricketts, Lead Analyst, Center for Household Financial Stability, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
  • Ana Kent, Policy Analyst, Center for Household Financial Stability, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Discussant: Heather Johnson, Associate Professor of Sociology, Lehigh University
Heather Johnson comments (PDF)


Session Two: Ties That Bind? Family Income Dynamics and Children’s Postsecondary Enrollment and Persistence

Discussant: Oksana Leukhina, Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis | Discussant slides: Discussion of Hardy & Marcotte (2018) (PDF)


Session Three: Wealth Gaps in Education

Discussant: Fenaba Addo, Assistant Professor of Consumer Science, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Fenaba Addo comments (PDF)


Session Four: The College Wealth Divide: Evidence from the Historical Survey of Consumer Finances 1949-2016

Discussant: Jesse Bricker, Principal Economist, Microeconomic Surveys Section, Research and Statistics, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System | Discussant slides: Discussion of the College Wealth Divide: Evidence from the Historical Survey of Consumer Finances 1949-2016 (PDF)


Closing Plenary: Responses, and Making College Worth it in the Years Ahead

Featured remarks: Kevin Carey, Vice President for Education Policy and Knowledge Management, New America

Panel Discussion

  • Moderator: Ray Boshara, Senior Adviser and Director, Center for Household Financial Stability, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
  • Kevin Carey, Vice President for Education Policy and Knowledge Management, New America
  • Faith Sandler, Executive Director, Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis
  • William F. Tate, Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Washington University in St. Louis

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