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ERIC Number: EJ930736
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec-7
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Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
College Labor Shortages in 2018? Part Deux
Harrington, Paul E.; Sum, Andrew M.
New England Journal of Higher Education, Dec 2010
The recent response by Anthony Carnevale et al. to the authors' analysis of the fundamental shortcomings associated with their predictions of widespread college labor shortages focuses on three areas. First, Anthony Carnevale et al. suggest that the authors are educational Luddites by noting in the title of their response that the authors believe too many people have earned college degrees in New England. Carnevale et al. claim that the authors think, "New England is producing 35% more college degrees than are actually required for current and future jobs" because they recognize the real labor market problems that confront too many of the college graduates. The second issue Carnevale points to is the long-term rise until recently (2000) in the economic return to a college degree, suggesting that the authors think that college does not pay-off. Lastly, Carnevale argues that college graduates working in non-college labor market occupations earn more than their high school graduate counterparts who are employed in those same occupations--like bartenders or landscapers. This article presents the authors' critiques to this response. The authors end by urging Americans to start addressing the severe malemployment and joblessness problems confronting college graduates in the present day. They point out that the nation needs a laser focus on creating college-related employment opportunities and upward mobility pathways in today's job market. (Contains 1 chart and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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