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Patient Health Doesn’t Explain Cost Differences

Bloomberg View • September 30, 2014 • Peter Orszag

The Washington Post Style section recently declared that a new Brookings Institution report has “upended health-care research.” The reality is more complex, and the new paper has not fundamentally changed anything.

Interactive Infographic: How Much do Architecture Graduates Earn?

Arch Daily • September 30, 2014

sing information collected from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution has created a set of interactive infographics comparing the lifetime earning potential of graduates of 80 majors.

Chemical engineering majors top list of lifetime earners

Birmingham Business Journal • September 30, 2014 • Ryan Phillips

People who graduate with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering will earn over $2 million on average during their life. Data for the rankings came from a study by the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution.

Chemical Engineering Is the Best-Paying Major

24/7 Wall St. • September 30, 2014 • Douglas A. McIntyre

According to a new survey from the Hamilton Project, the median pay of people with degrees in chemical engineering is higher than any other major, when measured over a lifetime. Over an entire work life, a typical college graduate will earn $1.19 million. Engineering of some sort take the top nine positions in terms of lifetime earnings, according to the research.

Need comprehensive tax reform

CNBC • September 29, 2014

Advisory Council member Larry Summers weighs in on whether asses are fully priced,

Engineering, Finance and Computer Science Amongst Top Highest Paying College Majors

ABC 13 • September 29, 2014

The research noted that a college degree is important for advancing earning potential. The Hamilton Project also includes an interactive feature where you can compare different college majors and their earning potential.

Here’s How Much Money You’ll Make in Your Lifetime, Based on Your College Major

New Republic • September 29, 2014 • Danny Vinik

That’s the finding of a new report released Monday by the Hamilton Project that calculated the projected lifetime earnings for graduates with 80 different majors. At the top of the list are engineers of all kinds—civil, mechanical, chemical, aerospace, industrial—who all have median lifetime earnings of around $2 million.

The College Majors With the Biggest Lifetime Earnings

Business Insider • September 29, 2014 • Peter Jacobs

Students who study chemical engineering as undergraduates will, on average, make the most money of any college major over their lifetimes, earning more than $2 million, according to a new study from The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution.

Want to Be Stinking Rich? Major in Economics.

Slate • September 29, 2014 • Jordan Weismann

At least, that's how I'd sum up the findings of a new report and interactive tool from the Hamilton Project, which looks at how the value of a college degree changes depending on your major. This is already a pretty well-explored subject. But the Hamilton study is especially nifty, because instead of calculating what the "typical" college graduate can expect to make over the course of a career, like many researchers do, it shows a whole range of potential outcomes, from the fifth percentile of earners up to the 95th percentile. And of the best-paid graduates in all fields, economics majors rake in the most.

What it’s like to graduate from college with the lowest-paying major

Washington Post • September 29, 2014 • Danielle Paquette

Researchers at the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project recently set out to answer: As student debt rises – and devours our wealth – how do the high school students of today, feverishly applying to colleges this fall, decide what they can afford to study? A college degree, in any major, significantly increases your lifetime earning potential, the study found. Some do more than others. But all do more than Calfee’s.

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