New international study shows subsidizing college yields significant tax revenue for countries

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 6:26 pm

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released Tuesday its annual report on education trends in the world’s wealthiest countries. The report shows a growing number of OECD countries, made of up 34 wealthy nations, the U.S. included, have advanced the number of individuals acquiring a college education compared to previous generations, as the below graph indicates.

Screenshot of web powerpoint presentation by OECD

In a prepared statement, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said, “The cost to individuals and society of young people leaving school without a qualification keeps rising.”

Gurria added: “We must avoid the risk of a lost generation by all means. Despite strained public budgets, governments must keep up their investment to maintain quality in education, especially for those most at risk.”

College graduation rates have risen by 19 percentage points in the past 14 years for what the OECD calls tertiary-type A, or bachelor’s and some master’s degrees.

The relationship between college completion and employment among OECD countries, typically the wealthiest nations on the planet, was also explored in the 400-plus page document.

From a press release:

Unemployment rates among university graduates stood at 4.4% on average across OECD countries in 2009. But people who did not complete high school faced unemployment rates of 11.5%, up from 8.7% the year before. This adds to the huge problem of youth unemployment that today exceeds 17% in the OECD area.

More detailed findings were presented via teleconference to journalists by professor Andreas Schleicher, directorate of education for the international group.

Most striking to American audiences is the rate at which the number of U.S. college degree holders declined as a total share of higher learning degree holders among the G20 states and, separately, the economic benefits of an increasingly college-educated society despite this country’s high tuition costs.

While the U.S. makes up 26 percent of the 255-million college educated individuals living in these privileged countries, that disproportionate representation begins to thin when comparing younger to older generations. Among 55-64 year-olds, the U.S. makes up 35.8 percent of the 39 million people across participating OECD countries, yet of the 81 million OECD degree holders aged 25-34, America’s share drops to 20.5 percent. Emerging economic powers like Mexico and Brazil saw their share of college graduates rise from 1.8 and 3.5 percent to 3.9 and 4.5 percent, respectively, across the two age groups.

Schleicher explained that while America’s rate of college-educated individuals is still increasing, other countries are matriculating its students faster.

A more-educated world community is not forcing wages to compress, the study also notes.

Individuals in OECD countries possessing a college-equivalent degree can expect to earn over 50 percent more than a person with a high school degree. In the U.S., that yawn is one of the most dramatic, with the wage differential nearly 80 percent.

The gap between high-school and non-high-school graduates is also significant: In not earning a certificate, a U.S. worker can expect his or her wages to be 64 percent of what a high school graduate would make. Across OECD countries, the differential is still wide, at 77 percent.

While public expenditures subsidizing college tuition costs varies, the report shows countries benefit significantly from those investments in the form of future tax receipts that are generated from a college graduate’s income and wealth.

The chart below explains. (Click here for a larger image.)


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Spoken Truth
Comment posted June 24, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

“You’ve got all these people planting little gardens all over. Who knows what people are getting?”

Actually for the paitent – s/he knows exactly what s/he’s getting… an unadulterated product free of additives or pesticides.  FREE.  And THAT’s the problem.  No $ in free medicine.

Add in avoiding any black market and/or threat obtaining their medicine…
*shakes his head*
Ever watch a loved one die of cancer? How about two back to back?
I running low on faith in common sense :(

Comment posted June 26, 2011 @ 12:44 am

People are growing their own tomatoes too, do they know exactly what they are getting?  Of course, organic pesticide-free food.  Will they be outlawing home grown tomatoes next?  

Comment posted June 26, 2011 @ 12:47 am

 I’ve read there are around 400 chemicals in commercially grown tobacco cigarettes.  I guess this is what they want for cannabis too. 

Comment posted June 26, 2011 @ 11:13 pm

Yea, Spoken Truth, I damned sure have!  I watched bone cancer drain my mother from a healthy 150 pounds to a 75 pound  living skeleton wracked constantly with pain. 

Tenderly transferring her from her bed to a stretcher broke both her femurs!  My little 2 year old niece squeezed her hand, and broke three of her fingers!

Yea I planted one of those “little gardens” for her, and If I had have been busted for it I would have gone to prison with my head held high!!!!!

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