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Economists explore drop in non-college educated men in labor market since 1960s

5/14/2019 feature story

MiCDA Co-Director John Bound, a professor of economics, and Ariel Binder, a graduate student, both from the University of Michigan, were mentioned recently in an article in The Atlantic that explores the decline of non-college educated men in the labor market. Among the trends being explored are low wages, the rise in incarceration rates, and a boom in enrollment in Social Security disability-insurance benefits from the 60s to the 90s, Binder said. Another trend explored is dramatic change in the structure of the family since the 60s, but the researchers noted that each of the trends being studied is not yet a complete answer to the drop in non-college educated men in the labor market.

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