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The High Cost of Low Skills: Why Unskilled Workers are Punished in the United States


Published March 7, 2024

Compared to other developed nations, the United States tends to reward highly skilled workers and punish lower skilled workers, highlighting just how impactful a high-quality education can be in providing higher wages, increased opportunity, and better quality of life. The education losses caused by COVID-related lockdowns and policies compound this issue and makes it all the more necessary to make up for these learning losses.

Check Out More from Eric Hanushek:

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  • Watch "Remedying the Achievement Gaps from School Closures" with Eric Hanushek here.
  • Read "A Global Perspective on US Learning Losses" by Eric Hanushek and Bradley Strauss here.