Doug French on the Higher Education Bubble

George Leef

Doug French, president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, writes here about the higher education bubble, arguing in particular that much of the apparent increase in the “need” for people with college degrees was due to the growth of employment in government since 1990 and growth in the finance industry, fueled to a large extent by federal interventions to keep interest rates artificially low. French also disputes the notion, recently pushed by David Leonhardt of the New York Times, that college is a good investment even if you wind up washing dishes because you’ll enjoy an earnings boost.

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