College, while not a silver bullet, is still important. Yes, more U.S. workers attaining higher education seems unlikely to significantly reduce income inequality in the near future. But higher levels of education could be beneficial in multiple ways—by increasing productivity and economic growth as well as increasing social mobility.
Let’s concentrate here on that last benefit, mobility, which presumes that access to and attendance at colleges and universities is open to all students with the necessary drive and ability. Unfortunately, plenty of research finds that presumption to be false. Yet new research shows that some optimism is still warranted about […]