Ryan Cooper

Occupy DC On Its Feet, But Yet to Get Oriented

Last Thursday several hundred people stood around Freedom Plaza as a part of the Occupy DC movement, one of the offshoots of the larger Occupy Wall Street movement that have sprung up nationwide. The organizers, many of whom were apparently from labor unions and the anti-Walker protests in Wisconsin, had a strong logistical backbone, with… Read more »

Does Federal Financial Aid Make Colleges Raise Prices?

In American colleges and universities, financial aid packages are often need-based (see this example from Yale), meaning the school calculates the student’s ability to pay and then makes up the difference with loans and/or grants. It’s an admirable sentiment, but one upshot of this at many schools is that any outside scholarships students receive will… Read more »

The “Price” of Food

Mark Bittman, food columnist and blogger for the New York Times, has an article arguing that, contrary to a spate of recent studies, junk food is really more expensive than groceries and that cultural reform is needed to get people cooking and eating healthy again. His premise, while flawed, isn’t completely preposterous, but his solutions… Read more »

Why It Can Be Cheaper to Go to an Expensive College

I graduated from Reed College in 2008 with $11,000 or so in student loans outstanding, a piddling amount by today’s standards. I was lucky. I was within a hair’s breadth of going to the University of Colorado at Boulder, where I would have likely ended up with a great deal more debt even with in-state… Read more »

How Employers Talk About Unemployment

David Altstadt has a new report out for Jobs for the Future analyzing online job posting aggregation tools and how community colleges might use them to fine-tune their programs to reflect local job opportunities. According to the report, Georgetown economists have estimated that two-thirds of all jobs will require at least some postsecondary education, as… Read more »