Estimating the return to college selectivity over the career using administrative earning data


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Author: Dale, Stacy; Krueger, Alan B.


[The authors] estimate the monetary return to attending a highly selective college using the College and Beyond (C&B) Survey linked to Detailed Earnings Records from the Social Security Administration (SSA). This paper extends earlier work by Dale and Krueger (2002) that examined the relationship between the college that students attended in 1976 and the earnings they self-reported in 1995 on the C&B follow-up survey. In this analysis, [the authors] use administrative earnings data to estimate the return to various measures of college selectivity for a more recent cohort of students:...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Higher education; Students; Providers of education and training; Outcomes; Research; Statistics; Income; Demographics

Keywords: Graduates; College; University; Outcomes of education and training; Return on education and training; Survey; Research method; Data analysis; Statistical analysis; Comparative analysis; Minority group

Geographic subjects: North America; United States

Published: Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University, 2011

Physical description: [39] p.

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The earlier work by Dale and Krueger, ‘Estimating the payoff to attending a more selective college: an application of selection on observables and unobservables’ in ‘ The quarterly journal of economics’, November 2002, pp.1491-1527, may be found at:

Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Document number: TD/TNC 102.993

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