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12:30 - 13:40 2 November 2011

Quantile Treatment Effects of College Quality on Earnings: Evidence from Administrative Data in Texas

Location

IFS Conference Room | Institute for Fiscal Studies (link Map)
7 Ridgmount Street | London | WC1E 7AE |

Open to: Academic | Student
Ticketing: Open

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Michael Lovenheim, Cornell University

This paper uses administrative data on schooling and earnings from Texas to estimate quantile treatment effects of college quality on earnings. We proxy college quality using the college sector from which students graduate and focus on identifying how graduating from UT-Austin, Texas A\&M or a community college affects the distribution of earnings relative to graduating from a non-flagship university in Texas. Our methodological approach uses the rich set of observable student academic ability and background characteristics in the data to adjust the earnings distributions across college sectors for the fact that college sector quality is correlated with factors that also affect earnings. Although our mean earnings estimates are similar to previous work in this area, we find evidence of substantial heterogeneity in the returns to college quality.


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