Here are three of the week’s top pieces of financial insight, gathered from around the web:
A degree worth the price tag
Getting an MBA still pays off for most graduates, said Patrick Thomas and Andrea Fuller at The Wall Street Journal. The sticker price for many graduate business programs can go well into six figures for just two years on campus. But a recent analysis of federal loan data for nearly 600 programs found that “at about 98 percent of universities that offer MBA programs, graduates typically made more money two years out of school than they had borrowed.” Contrast that with law schools: Only 6 percent of them sent graduates home with higher earnings than debt in the same time frame. “Not everybody who attends a well-known school catapults into a new income bracket.” But the debt loads from some of the most expensive MBA programs were generally among the most manageable.
A disappointing office return
“Many workers are finding their return to the office isn’t going as hoped,” said Sawdah Bhaimiya at Business Insider. In a survey of 1,000 adult workers by the software firm BambooHR in August, 37 percent said “they felt worse in the office than even at their lowest point in the pandemic.” Among respondents, “61 percent hoped for more in-person collaboration” at the workplace “but only 49 percent actually reported experiencing it.” The majority of workers expected their productivity to go up after returning, but nearly two-thirds of them have found that has…