Another Million Adults ‘Have Stepped Off the Path to the Middle Class’
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Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report/The Washington Post
The reasons for the drop in college-going rates have been widely discussed—declining birth rates, the widespread immediate availability of jobs—but the potential long-term effects of it have gotten less attention.
Those effects for people and society include slower economic growth, continued labor shortages, lower life expectancy, higher levels of divorce, and more demand for social services, but less tax revenue to pay for it.