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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Graduates at ceremony Graduates high-five at the 2012 Syracuse University commencement. Economists tell us that degrees lead to higher pay and a happier life, but how does college actually produce those gains? (Getty Images/Getty)

Dates and times for this program: Wednesdays: 8pm on 93.9FM; Saturdays: 6am on 93.9FM and NJPR, 2pm on AM820 and 4pm on 93.9FM; Sundays: 8pm on AM820 and NJPR

Is a college diploma really worth the paper it’s printed on? In this episode of Freakonomics Radio, Stephen Dubner breaks down the costs and benefits of going to college, especially during an economy that’s leaving a lot of people un- and underemployed. The data say that college graduates make a lot more money in the long run and enjoy a host of other benefits as well.  But does that justify the time and money? We’ll hear from economists David Card, Betsey Stevenson, and Justin Wolfers, as well as former Bush advisor Karl Rove, who made it to the White House without a college degree. Amherst College president Biddy Martin describes what an education provides beyond facts and figures, while Steve Levitt wonders if the students he teaches at the University of Chicago are actually learning anything.  Finally, a former FBI agent tells us about the very robust market for fake diplomas.

Comments [1]

Meme from Chicago, IL

Did you know that "kid" are baby goats! Taught in the 2nd grade of elementary school!

Sep. 30 2012 07:47 PM

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