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Virtual Fed

September 30, 2015


Joe Mahon Director, Regional Outreach
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In recent years, the value of a college education has been re-examined by many (including Region writers). While the contribution of an advanced degree to earnings potential is clear, the rapid growth of tuition costs and the debt often required to cover them have made college less tempting for many potential students. Anecdotes about college dropouts earning millions at tech startups don’t make the choice any easier.

Perhaps because of its location near the center of the information technology and social media universes, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco has devoted a podcast series to examining this question. Episodes of “Does College Matter?” feature successful entrepreneurs—both those who dropped out of college and those who finished—and experts on the economics of education and labor markets from the San Francisco Fed. Rather than pushing a certain viewpoint, the series aims to present a variety of perspectives for listeners to consider as they decide for themselves.

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Joe Mahon
Director, Regional Outreach

Joe Mahon is a Minneapolis Fed regional outreach director. Joe’s primary responsibilities involve tracking several sectors of the Ninth District economy, including agriculture, manufacturing, energy, and mining.