How a Common Application Affected College Admissions

At highly selective schools, 2019 college admission rates were pretty low: Harvard: 4.5% Yale: 5.91% Stanford: 4.3% in 2018 (They are no longer releasing the number.) But we are looking at a tiny proportion of the higher education population. At…

The Problem With the Amazing Increase in Kids’ Allowances

While children’s allowances are way up, the financial responsibility that parents hope to develop has not been apparent in financial literacy surveys.

How To Make Kids Smarter

Fifty years ago, when Sesame Street was a new educational idea, it proved that watching TV could make our kids smarter academically and emotionally.

A Tale of Two Neighborhoods

Rather than identifying pockets of poverty, recent income mobility research suggests policy makers focus on opportunity areas.

Why Free Tuition Is Like An Onion

When Kalamazoo, Michigan made college more accessible to high school graduates through a free tuition program, they were surprised by some of the results.

How A Working Mother’s Time Use Has Changed

Working mothers have changed the amount of time they spend on the job, and also on household chores, caring for children, sleeping, and leisure.

The One Investment That Is (Probably) a Sure Thing

Calculating the value of college involves what we spend, what we sacrifice, what we earn, and some other surprising considerations.

Do You Live Where You Should Sleep More?

When we consider the impact of social jetlag on our health and productivity, our sleep time could matter more than we think.

How An Elite College Determines Your Future

Students and their parents might be surprised that a diploma from an elite college might not have the life-changing impact they expect.

The Inconspicuous Consumption That Shouts Your Wealth

The average American has access to the types of consumer goods that only the wealthy used to buy. We can purchase a pricey iPhone or watch Netflix on a massive home TV screen. We eat steak, enjoy ahi tuna, and…