Third and State Recap: Invest in Education, Flawed Study on Welfare, Facts About Nutrition Assistance, and More

Over the past two weeks, we wrote about a new study on the strong link between the educational attainment of a state’s workforce and both productivity and workers’ pay. We also responded to a flawed study on work and public welfare, separated fact from fiction on nutrition assistance, and weighed in further on a study about social mobility.


  • On education and the workforce, Stephen Herzenberg blogged about a new study finding that states with higher educational attainment enjoy higher productivity growth and higher increases in pay for typical workers. "It's invest in education, stupid," Steve writes, paraphrasing James Carville's famous quote.
  • On public welfare and health care, Sharon Ward responded to a Cato Institute study, explaining how flawed the study's methodology is and how out of touch with reality its conclusions are on the economic state of households receiving public benefits.
  • On the federal budget, Chris Lilienthal shared a short video separating fact from fiction in the ongoing debate over nutrition assistance for low-income Americans.
  • On jobs and the economy, Stephen Herzenberg asked whether the Right can afford to acknowledge low upward mobility in the U.S.?
  • And on privatization, Stephen Herzenberg shared video of his weekend appearance on PA Newsmakers debating the wisdom of privatizing the state's wine and spirit stores.


  • Read more about the study on educational attainment and a strong economy in a press release from the Keystone Research Center.


  • With Labor Day fast approaching, look next week for the Keystone Research Center's State of Working PA, an annual review of how working Pennsylvanians and their families are faring in today’s economy. You will find it at Keystone's State of Working PA web page.


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