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Celeste K. Carruthers

Before the coronavirus pandemic forced businesses and schools to close, high school and college graduates from the Class of 2020 could have expected to graduate into the strongest job market in 50 years.

Marianne Wanamaker
Marianne Wanamaker

In an article for The Conversation, three faculty members in economics—Associate Professor Celeste K. Carruthers, Associate Professor Marianne Wanamaker, and Research Associate Professor Larry Kessler— say that now, due to massive economic fallout, the Class of 2020 is at risk of graduating into a recession.

The souring economy has important implications for the more than 3.5 million students graduating from high school in 2020 and the more than 1.3 million graduating from a two-year or four-year college. Read the full article on The Conversation.

Larry Kessler

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