Exploring Heterogeneity in Salary Outcomes Among Master’s Degree Recipients: A Difference-in-Differences Matching Approach

50 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2010 Last revised: 29 Nov 2010

Date Written: November 27, 2010

Abstract

This paper utilizes a nationally representative sample to explore heterogeneity in salary outcomes among master’s degree recipients by program area. The approach taken in this paper includes a difference-in-differences (DID) propensity score (PS) matching technique that takes into account selection on observable and unobservable variables in different program areas. DID-PS matching reveals an average treatment on the treated (ATT) effect of master’s degree completion in the areas of STEM and business on salary outcomes. This study finds no evidence of an ATT effect of receiving a master’s degree in other program areas.

Suggested Citation

Titus, Marvin A., Exploring Heterogeneity in Salary Outcomes Among Master’s Degree Recipients: A Difference-in-Differences Matching Approach (November 27, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1716049 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1716049

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