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At the Apex: The 2030 Educational Attainment Forecast and Implications for Bay State Policymakers

Mark Melnik, Lindsay Koshgarian, Daniel Hodge, Hinlan Wong, Ryan Wallace.

In a study done for MassINC, EPPR analyzed educational attainment in Massachusetts and Gateway Cities, as well as forecasted state and regional educational attainment out to 2030.  The study considered different aspects of migration and population change and how they impacted educational attainment in Massachusetts. Particular focus was paid to the implication of the shifting age distribution in the Commonwealth on educational attainment and the state's labor force, as baby boomers transition out of prime working ages. The report concluded by considering how increases in post-secondary attainment in Gateway Cities could help mitigate some of the lost labor power from well-educated baby boomers leaving the labor force.

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