In this report, we look at patterns among U.S. adults with different levels of education. Areas of focus include:
- Earnings and employment
- Health-related behaviors (e.g., smoking)
- Reliance on public assistance
- Civic participation (e.g., volunteering)
- Social mobility
We also examine the increases and persistent disparities in college participation and completion across demographic groups.
This supplemental report to Education Pays takes a closer look at how we measure the payoff of higher education and how that payoff varies across individuals. It provides additional background and context to help readers understand the role higher education plays in improved outcomes for both individuals and society.