Category: Kevin Lang

Black Workers Really Do Need to Be Twice as Good

The Atlantic Kevin Lang, College of Arts & Sciences For decades, black parents have told their children that in order to succeed despite racial discrimination, they need to be “twice as good”: twice as smart, twice as dependable, twice as talented. This advice can be found in everything from literature to television shows, to day-to-day […]

4 Questions to Ask Before Enrolling in a For-Profit Online Program

U.S. News & World Report Kevin Lang, College of Arts & Sciences Prospective students can be forgiven for wondering whether they should enroll in an online, for-profit degree program… Expert quote: “This is not the same thing as saying that the degree has no return in the labor market.” View for full article

POV: Raise the Minimum Wage, but Don’t Expect Much

BU Today By Kevin Lang, College of Arts & Sciences In 1988, the economist Charles Brown published an article titled “Minimum Wages Laws: Are They Overrated?” His implicit answer was yes. More than 25 years later, minimum wages laws remain a hotly debated topic. Senate Republicans in April blocked a vote on raising the minimum wage, […]

Many women with top degrees stay home

Boston Globe (subscription required) Kevin Lang, College of Arts & Sciences Jessica Brewer graduated from MIT in 2005 with a mechanical engineering degree­ and spent the next five years designing nuclear reactors for Navy aircraft carriers and submarines… Expert quote: “If more women were in leadership positions, the workplace might be more ­family-friendly, and fewer […]

Three sides to debate over raising minimum wage

Boston Globe (subscription required) Kevin Lang, College of Arts & Sciences President Obama has asked Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour from $7.25, with automatic increases tied to inflation… Expert quote: “I’m an economist at Boston University, but my first post-high school job was a $1.70 an hour position in […]