Episode 31 – Doug Webber 2: The Return of Doug Webber!
http://www.crushpodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Doug-Webber-The-Sequel.mp3 Temple University Economics Professor Doug Webber does some fascinating research on the impact of our academic choices in college. In a world plagued by a lust for prestige, how much does it really matter in terms of your ability to earn a good living? I’m thrilled to have Doug back as my first repeat guest! Make sure and take a listen to Episode 18 where we discuss the value of New York State’s “Excelsior Scholarship” which is meant to provide a free college education to a certain segment of New York’s households. Here we spend more time on the research that really occupies his time, which is the impact of college on the labor force. Are there good jobs for humanities majors? Will you, in fact, be doomed if you do not attend a Top 25 US News-ranked school? Are the robots coming for our jobs, and how soon? Professor Webber was kind enough to host me in his fancy corner office on campus at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Further listening/reading: “My Little Hundred Million” Malcolm Gladwell, Revisionist History “It Depends What you Study, Not Where” The Economist, 2015 “Examining the Interstate Mobility of Recent College Graduates” Kelchen and Webber, 2018 “Is College Worth it? Going Beyond Averages” Webber, Third Way, 2018 The post Episode 31 – Doug Webber 2: The Return of Doug Webber! appeared first on The Crush.
Episode 18: Prof. Doug Webber on NY’s “Excelsior” Scholarship
http://www.crushpodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Doug-Webber.mp3 New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo recently championed and passed the nation’s first plan to offer free college tuition to state residents attending state public colleges called “The Excelsior Scholarship.” Free always sounds good, but does it make for good policy? Professor Doug Webber, a labor economist at Temple University who has contributed to fivethirtyeight.com, Fortune, and has testified before congress on matters of higher education, helps us understand what about this plan is good, and what about this plan might actually be really bad policy. We use NY Times columnist David Brooks’ scathing 8-point critique (“The Cuomo College Fiasco” NYT 4/14/17) as a frame for this discussion. Here are some links for further reading on the subject: By my guest, Prof. Doug Webber: “This U.S. State’s Free College Plan Isn’t All it’s Cracked Up to Be.” (Fortune) “To Ease the Student Debt Crisis, Hold Colleges Accountable” (fivethirtyeight.com) “Fancy Dorms Aren’t the Main Reason Tuition is Skyrocketing” fivethirtyeight.com) More coverage on the Excelsior Scholarship: “Mr. Cuomo’s Free* College Plan” (NY Times) “Cuomo Adopts Middle Class Mantra” (NY Times) “Free College, but With Caveats” (NY Times) “Why Governor Cuomo’s Free Tuition Plan Won’t Help NY’s State of Mind.” (Heschinger Report) “6 Reasons You May Not Graduate on Time (and What to Do About It)” (NY Times) BONUS: Check out Governor Cuomo changing one lucky voter’s tire! Gov Cuomo helping a stranded driver along the Sprain Parkway pic.twitter.com/XgKy3aMscq — Melissa DeRosa (@melissadderosa) February 9, 2017 The post Episode 18: Prof. Doug Webber on NY’s “Excelsior” Scholarship appeared first on The Crush.
Student Loans from a Macro Perspective with Doug Webber
Breaking Student Debt Podcast
This week, I had the pleasure of speaking with Professor of Economics at Temple University, Dr. Doug Webber, Ph.D about student loan debt from a macro level. Doug is one of the nicest and brightest people I have had the pleasure of talking with. He has been published in FiveThirtyEight.com and has such an incredible perspective about higher education policy. Have you ever wondered where all of that tuition money goes to? Are colleges and universities just pocketing huge sums of money? How can we curb the amount of student loan debt from an institutional level? I ask Doug all of these questions and more in this episode. About Dr. Doug WebberDr. Doug Webber, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Temple University and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). His main areas of interest are labor economics and the economics of higher education. He provided his testimony to the Senate HELP Committee on risk-sharing and student loan policy in May of 2015. You can find out more about Doug through his website, doug-webber.com Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougwebberecon Show Notes: Doug's background and how he became interested in studying higher education policies The history behind why student loans were created in the first place in America Doug explains the difference between the "cost" of higher education and the "price" of higher education Where does your tuition money go? The role marketing plays into driving up the "price" of higher education Doug addresses why public universities are receiving less and less funding from the state level Doug speaks about the future of student loans and his thoughts on the benefits and downfalls of higher education