Housing’s impact on higher education, gift failure, and ugly sweaters
Pew’s Economic Mobility Project has a new study out this morning: “Housing Wealth and Higher Education: Building a Foundation for Economic Mobility.” The study uses a model to assess how changes in housing wealth during the recent boom and bust affected students’ higher education decisions. Key findings include: The wealth generated by rising home values during the 2001-2005 boom is estimated to have increased college enrollment rates among students from low- and middle-income families by 24 percent.”
Maybe it’s Kindle fatigue, maybe it’s the creeping price increases of eBooks, or maybe (most likely) it’s the absence of Borders in the market, but traditional booksellers are reporting an increase in business this holiday. To my mind, Amazon is great for prices or if you know just what you want, but nothing beats a good browse at a brick and mortar bookstore.
What do you get when you combine a multitude of gift choices with a gift receiver’s discriminating palette? Failure. The New York Times delves in to the psychology of gift giving.
Still looking for gifts? The Chicago Tribune gives some suggestions for gifts for the car lover.
And who gives the worst gifts? Mothers- or Fathers-in-law, apparently. Overall, 1 in 5 gifts are ranked as stinkers. Maybe it’s time to step back off the edge here, people. So much for the spirit of the season…
Speaking of the spirit of the season, here are 10 facts about Dicken’s A Christmas Carol you probably didn’t know.
If it’s not gifts for the family, it’s tips for pretty much everyone else. How much to give? Do you really have to tip your garbage man? Yahoo! Finance gives three ways to tip within your budget, and three more standard tips on tipping.
Who can keep up with the constant slew of changes on social media sites? Slate shares an important update about the Facebook inbox. I checked mine and found a few lost gems. And get ready for the next change – Timeline.
And finally, the 12 All-time ugliest Christmas Sweaters. Yikes!