Phi Beta Cons

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Useless Credentials


My post from last Friday on the folly of thinking that it’s possible for government to somehow regulate the labor market so as to create “good jobs” for the cascades of college graduates elicited this thoughtful response from a blogger who agrees that college these days does little to enhance human capital, but is chiefly used as a screening device by employers who believe that a college credential indicates a somewhat greater degree of trainability than does a high school diploma. The “Berg” mentioned is Professor Ivar Berg, whose book The Great Training Robbery, published ca. 1970, is one of the earliest books to take a skeptical view of the idea that everyone should go to college.


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