College is more expensive in America than in almost any other country in the world. In this issue, we discuss why.
One answer, from the journalist Amanda Ripley: “We’re the only country other than Luxembourg that spends more on nonteaching staff than on teaching staff at the college level.” (We’ll get to the Luxembourg question later.)
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