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Higher Education’s False Promise

August 19, 2021

Is the United States producing an overeducated class with few prospects of holding a job commensurate with their education?

That appears to be the case.

Brandeis economist Nader Habibi wrote that too many politicians and parents ignore “an inconvenient truth: a large number of graduates in recent years have not been able to find well-paying jobs that actually require a degree.” Just prior to the pandemic, 40 percent of recent graduates worked in jobs for which they were overeducated.

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