Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Regarding College and Careers, Profits Are Not Prophets

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Regarding College and Careers, Profits Are Not Prophets

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The great American public pays more attention to baseball players than economists. In this case, that's exactly the right thing.

Economist Antony Davies and think-tanker James Harrigan argue that if taxpayers foot the bill for college, taxpayers should decide who goes to college and what they study (" 'Free' College? Strings Attached," Sept. 4 Perspectives). They say we should look at starting salaries to decide what will be allowed and what would be forbidden. Sounds reasonable?

Well, the great baseballer Yogi Berra once said, "It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future." The problem is, a college education sets your course for the next 30 years or more, and we don't believe that taxpayers, economists or anyone really knows what kind of educated people we'll need in 2047. …

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