ERIC Number: EJ1080780
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Can "Some College" Help Reduce Future Earnings Inequality?
Gitterman, Daniel P.; Moulton, Jeremy G.; Bono-Lunn, Dillan; Chrisco, Laura
Peabody Journal of Education, v90 n5 p636-658 2015
This article addresses the policy debate over "college for all" versus "college for some" in the United States and analyzes the relationship between "some college" (as a formal education attainment category) and earnings. Our evidence confirms--using data from the American Community Survey (ACS), the Panel Study on Income Dynamics (PSID), and the Survey on Income and Program Participation (SIPP)--that more (postsecondary) education, on average, is associated with higher median earnings. However, there is emerging evidence that a proportion of workers who have attained lower levels of education (i.e., "some college") earn more than those who have attained higher levels of education (bachelor's degree). We focus particular attention on the subset of Americans who fall into the U.S. Census official category entitled "some college." This is a heterogeneous group who have alternate educational credentials but who have not acquired a formal associate or bachelor's degree. Instead of an unequivocal focus on "college for all" or even "community college for all," we argue that educators and policymakers should consider "some college" as a viable pathway to future labor market success. In sum, we conclude that some types of "some college" could lead to a reduction in earnings inequality.
Descriptors: College Attendance, Outcomes of Education, Income, Surveys, Postsecondary Education, Higher Education, Job Skills, Employment Qualifications, Educational Attainment, Wages, Salaries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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