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June 2009

The prominence of Boston area colleges and universities

Denis M. McSweeney, Walter J. Marshall

The Boston metropolitan area is recognized by many for its concentration of prestigious private colleges and universities. The metropolitan area is home to 85 private colleges and universities employing 70,000 people and attracting more than 360,000 students from all over the world. This report uses employment and wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program for the years 1990 and 2007 to analyze the labor market impact and contribution of these institutions of higher education to the Boston area economy.

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