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Third Quarter 2013

Has College Become a Riskier Investment?

The payoff has become more uncertain — but you're probably still better off going

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Abel, Jaison R., and Richard Deitz. "Are Recent College Graduates Finding Good Jobs?" Federal Reserve Bank of New York Economic Press Briefing, June 27, 2013.

Avery, Christopher, and Sarah Turner. "Student Loans: Do College Students Borrow Too Much – Or Not Enough?" Journal of Economic Perspectives, Winter 2012, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 165-192.

Beaudry, Paul, David A. Green, and Benjamin M. Sand. "The Great Reversal in the Demand for Skill and Cognitive Tasks." National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper no. 18901, March 2013. (Paper available online by subscription.)

Carnevale, Anthony P., Stephen J. Rose, and Ban Cheah. "The College Payoff: Education, Occupations, Lifetime Earnings." The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, Aug. 5, 2011.

Oreopoulos, Philip, and Uros Petronijevic. "Making College Worth It: A Review of Research on the Returns to Higher Education." National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper no. 19053, May 2013. (Paper available online by subscription.)

Stange, Kevin M. "An Empirical Investigation of the Option Value of College Enrollment." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, January 2012, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 49-84.

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