The Earnings Effect of Education at Community Colleges

16 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2010

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Dave E. Marcotte

University of Maryland Baltimore County; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Abstract

In this paper, I make use of data from the 2000 follow-up of the National Education Longitudinal Survey postsecondary education transcript files to extend what is known about the value of education at community colleges. I examine the effects of enrollment in community colleges on students' subsequent earnings. I estimate the effects of credits earned separately from credentials because community colleges are often used as a means for students to engage in study not necessarily leading to a degree or certificate. I find consistent evidence of wage and salary effects of both credits and degrees, especially for women. There is no substantial evidence that enrollment in vocational rather than academic coursework has a particularly beneficial effect, however. (JEL I2, J24)

Suggested Citation

Marcotte, Dave E., The Earnings Effect of Education at Community Colleges. Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 28, Issue 1, pp. 36-51, January 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1540794 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-7287.2009.00173.x

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