Graduate Colloquium: "Islands of growth in seas of decline or the engines for takeoff? An Exploration of Increasing Educational Attainment and Labor Markets in Metropolitan America"

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 9:30am
Meyerson G-12

Author: Stuart Andreason, City and Regional Planning

Discussant: Janice F. Madden, Professor Regional Science, Sociology and Real Estate

Abstract:
Human capital and educational attainment have ascended as one of the most important factors in economic development in the twenty-first century.  High levels of education are strongly related to high incomes and quality of life.  Individuals who finish college make more money, are better citizens, and are healthier, but do these gains trickle down to other portions of the labor market?  Also, does improving educational attainment solve long standing labor market problems?  Analysis of demographic, economic, and educational attainment trends shows mixed outcomes.  The research aims to explain some of these trends and outlines areas of future inquiry.