FiveThirtyEight, May 6, 2015
Every Monday, the National Bureau of Economic Research, a nonprofit organization made up of some of North America’s most respected economists, releases its latest batch of working papers. The papers aren’t peer-reviewed, so their conclusions are preliminary (and occasionally flat-out wrong). But they offer an early peek into some of the research that will shape economic thinking in the years ahead. Here are a few of this week’s most interesting papers.
Title: “Career Technical Education and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from California Community Colleges”
Authors: Ann Huff Stevens, Michal Kurlaender, Michel Grosz
What they found: Vocational education at community colleges — that is, programs geared toward a specific skill — can generate large increases in earnings for students, especially for those trained for health occupations.