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ERIC Number: ED524301
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
The Undereducated American. Executive Summary
Carnavale, Anthony P.; Rose, Stephen J.
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
The United States has been underproducing college-going workers since 1980. Supply has failed to keep pace with growing demand, and as a result, income inequality has grown precipitously. 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. If the nation continues to underproduce college-educated workers, the large and growing gap between the earnings of Americans of different educational attainment will grow even wider. This paper suggests that adding an additional 20 million postsecondary-educated workers over the course of the next 15 years will make the nation's level of educational attainment comparable with other developed nations, help meet the economy's need for efficiency, and reverse the growth of income inequality. [For the full report, "The Undereducated American," see ED524302.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Georgetown University, Center on Education and the Workforce
Identifiers - Location: United States