The Myth of American Universities as Inequality-Fighters


Colleges aren’t doing nearly as much to expand economic opportunity as most people think. How can the U.S. solve the problem of lasting poverty? For some, the answer starts with education. Many studies show that young people who go to college earn more than their non-college peers and that teenagers from poor families that attend selective schools especially benefit. While the country’s neighborhoods may be stratified, and its boardrooms may be biased, at least the nation’s best universities can help students from poor families become thriving workers.

Right?

Kind of. In a fascinating new paper published this summer, five economists, Raj […]