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Document Number: 6586

Is More Better? The Impact of Postsecondary Education on the Economic and Social Well-Being of American Society - This literature review examines whether more education is actually better for the individual and society, by investigating whether there are sufficient returns, both economic and non-economic, to the larger society to justify increasing public investment in higher education. The authors find that there are returns to postsecondary education, especially at the individual level, but these benefits may be overstated when relying on income and quality of life measures and more research is needed about the non-economic benefits of investing in postsecondary education. (Adriane Williams and Watson Scott Swail, Educational Policy Institute, May 2005)...

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