Men still dominate the highest echelons of education and work.
But that group is a small slice of all men in America.
For the rest, the past 30 to 50 years have pulled them in a downward trajectory.
Fewer skills, diminished employment rates and lower wages. And now, much lower college enrollment rates.
Half a century ago, men accounted for almost 60% of college students, women 40%. Now, that number has completely flipped. Men make up about 40% of college students, and the number could continue to drop.
Blueprint Labs Co-Director David Autor was interviewed on WBUR’s On Point to discuss the economic and social crisis among American men, and why American democracy depends on doing something about it.