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June 18, 2024

A Unified Theory of Education

…education. In the early 1900s, progressives sought to bureaucratize K-12 into what historian David Tyack termed “the one best system.” In the 1920s, Oregon progressives (along with the anti-Catholic Ku…

April 26, 2024

Human Capital Spillovers and Health: Does Living Around College Graduates Lengthen Life?

Abstract Equally educated people are healthier if they live in more educated places. Every 10 percent point increase in an area’s share of adults with a college degree is associated…

March 14, 2024

On the Front Porch with Brent Orrell and Tony Pipa: A Conversation with Carol Graham

…through investing in public services and the arts. Following this discussion, the event ended with a Q&A. —David Veldran Event Materials Carol Graham: The Power of Hope: How the Science of…

February 29, 2024

The Age of Uncertainty—and Opportunity: Work in the Age of AI

Abstract The question of how artificial intelligence will affect jobs, skills, and the future of work is open-ended, and answers have been uncertain and contradictory. As AI has advanced, forecasts…

January 29, 2024

The Value of a Bachelor’s Degree

Key Points As public confidence in higher education has declined, Americans have become less sanguine about the bachelor’s degree and skeptical of its potential return on investment. Nonetheless, four-year degrees continue to be associated with significant economic and…

October 27, 2023

What Happened to the American Dream?

…of disappointment — “Ours Was the Shining Future: The Story of the American Dream,” a new book by my Times colleague and former podcast sparring partner David Leonhardt. It’s a…

September 13, 2023

American Dreamers

…offered concrete policy solutions. We were also joined by Professor David Staley from The Ohio State University, who discussed how institutions of higher education can serve as hubs of economic development while fulfilling their…

January 3, 2023

Systemic Disadvantage

…discrimination in employment and housing. Low-income whites share other social experiences more commonly associated with blacks and other racial minorities. David Lapp, co-founder of Braver Angels and research fellow at…