In a recent Op-Ed Nicholas Kristof makes the case for why the humanities offers an essential skill set in the modern economy. Kristof references the work of labor economist Lawrence Katz in claiming that the “economic return to pure technical skills has flattened, and the highest
return now goes to those who combine soft skills — excellence at
communicating and working with people — with technical skills.” This complementary relationship between technical competencies and the values associated with liberal arts is the formula for success in today’s marketplace.
Here’s the link to Kristof’s piece.*
*Thanks to John Rosenberg for providing this source.