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First Quarter 2017, 
Vol. 99, No. 1
Posted 2017-02-15

Does College Level the Playing Field?

by Ray Boshara

Whether the topic is responding to poverty and inequality or expanding access to opportunity and the American Dream, college is always the central recommendation. Yet research found that a college degree predicted rising levels of family wealth for Whites and Asians but declining levels of wealth for Black and Hispanics. The commissioned articles and discussion here are aimed at understanding the underlying explanations of this troubling finding.