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Anthony P. Carnevale, PhD Biography

Research Professor and Director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
Pro to the question "Is a College Education Worth It?"

“After World War II, the United States economy promised middle-class jobs to high school graduates. As late as the 1970s, more than 70 percent of middle-class jobs still required only high school or less, but between 1973 and 2010, the share of jobs requiring education beyond high school more than doubled, to more than 60 percent from 28 percent.

Furthermore, since the ’80s access to college is what has distinguished the middle class from the growing number of low-income Americans. People with at least some college are staying in the middle class or moving up. In addition, the rate of successful family formation has ties to college access; 8 percent of college-educated women bear children out of wedlock, compared to more than 57 percent of women who are not college educated.

Our research shows that individuals with college degrees now make 84 percent more over their lifetimes than those with only a high school diploma, up from 40 percent in 1983. Only a third of high school jobs that provide anything close to family-sustaining earnings ($35,000 a year) still exist, and these opportunities are mostly for men in declining industries.”

“For a Middle-Class Life, College Is Crucial,”, Apr. 9, 2012

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Research Professor, Georgetown University
  • Director, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
  • Vice-President, Public Leadership at the Educational Testing Service (ETS), 1996-2006
  • Former Director, Human Resource and Employment Studies, Committee for Economic Development (CED)
  • Former Chair, National Commission on Employment Policy
  • Founder and President, Institute for Workplace Learning (IWL), 1983-1993
  • Chair, Human Resources Subcommittee on the White House Commission on Productivity, 1982-1984
  • Former Director, Political and Government Affairs for the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
  • Former Senior Staff Member, US House of Representatives and US Senate
  • Former Majority Staff Director, Public Financing Sub-Committee of the House Committee on Government Operations
  • Member, Board of Overseers for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award, 1994
  • Chairman, National Commission for Employment Policy, 1993
  • Former Senior Economist, US Senate Democratic Leadership Council
  • Member, US Senate Budget Committee, 1974
  • Former Research Economist, Syracuse University Research Corporation
  • PhD, Public Finance Economics, Syracuse University
  • BA, Colby College
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