Report – A Matter of Degrees: The Effect of Educational Attainment on Regional Economic Prosperity

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on February 28, 2013

A Matter of Degrees: The Effect of Educational Attainment on Regional Economic Prosperity, Ross DeVol, I-Ling Shen, Armen Bedroussian and Nan Zhang. February 27, 2013

  • “When it comes to education, a rising tide really does lift all boats. That’s one of the conclusions of this sweeping research report. Ross DeVol, chief research officer and one of the report authors, explains: “Our research makes a compelling case that for America’s communities, the returns to investment from higher education have never been greater. We pinpoint the value regional economies gain by adding better-educated workers and show that, as those around you obtain more education, their wages rise – and yours do, too.” While it’s intuitive that an educated population, good jobs, and prosperity go hand-in-hand, this study proves the strong relationship between education and a region’s economic performance. Institute economists created a unique data set linking educational attainment and occupational trends over time and by region. The report and the accompanying data site not only provide a blueprint for policy makers and leaders to boost education: they can help career seekers figure out where they can get the most bang from their educational buck.”
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