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There’s a college bubble afoot. Undergraduate education looks like a worse and worse investment every day even now, but could it be even worse than it looks? Prof. Stephen Miller of Western Carolina University believes there’s another factor at play: “ability bias.” How much of the “benefits” of education come from the fact that those who go to college would be more likely to succeed anyway? Join Miller to find out Monday, December 22nd at 9pm EST!

While you’re here, make sure you also check out Isaac Morehouse’s Liberty.me guide, Rethinking Higher Education!

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