Vox EU has a few more higher ed posts.
In Longevity and investment in human capital: Lessons from today's developed countries Moshe Hazan examines the
Conventional wisdom [that] suggests that an increase in life expectancy raises the time period over which investments in schooling can be amortised, thus raising schooling.In other words, that if you live longer, you’ll benefit more from education since you’ll have more years to exploit your education. This is one of the common reasons cited for the increase in educational attainment over the centuries. It’s certainly plausible. It wouldn’t make much sense to spend 22 years in school if the life expectancy is 35 years, but when the life expectancy is 75, perhaps it does. However, Hazan finds that
despite the gains in life expectancy, lifetime labour supply declined dramatically across cohorts…and that gains in longevity had no effect on the rise in schooling during the 19th and 20th centuries.In a separate post, Rick van der Ploeg and Reinhilde Veugelers in Towards evidence-based reform of European universities
International rankings indicate that European countries lag in higher education, research, innovation, and growth. This column argues that enhancing competition and governance are the key aspects of potential reform. But the most important recommendation is to invest in more data and analysis to support evidence-based reform.