But a new study of the degree premium, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, finds that its growth has flattened in recent years. While the premium grew rapidly in the 1980s — mostly because of the decline of manufacturing jobs that required just a high-school diploma — its growth slowed in the 1990s, followed by a small uptick in the first decade of the new millennium.
"Is a College Degree the New High School Diploma? Here's Why Your Degree's Worth Is Stagnant." is from the January 13, 2016 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Jeffrey J. Selingo and narrated by Jenny Hoops.