Assumption about education and growth might need revision

Austin Delaney and Tom Healy of the Nevin Economic Research Institute recently issued a timely call for a debate on the funding of Irish higher education, writes Chris Johns for the Irish Times. In an extensive study of various methods used around the world, the authors also briefly explore the connections between economic growth and higher learning.

The benefits, of many kinds, not just financial, to both the individual and society at large, have been the subject of many pieces of learned research and are generally thought to be positive.

For those who think education can only boost productivity with a lag, it is worth noting that current UK productivity growth, which presumably has been boosted by decades of prior investment in higher education, is spectacularly disappointing (and absent).
Full report on the Irish Times site