Evaluating Student Outcomes at For-Profit Colleges

34 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2012

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Kevin Lang

Boston University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Russell Weinstein

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - School of Labor & Employment Relations; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Economics

Date Written: June 2012

Abstract

Using the Beginning Postsecondary Student Survey, we examine the effect on earnings of obtaining certificates/degrees from for-profit, not-for-profit, and public institutions. Students who enter certificate programs at any type of institution do not gain from earning a certificate. However, among those entering associates degree programs, there are large, statistically significant benefits from obtaining certificates/degrees from public and not-for-profit but not from for-profit institutions. These results are robust to addressing selection into the labor market from college, and into positive earnings from unemployment, using imputation methods and quantile regression along with a maximum likelihood sample selection model.

Suggested Citation

Lang, Kevin and Weinstein, Russell, Evaluating Student Outcomes at For-Profit Colleges (June 2012). NBER Working Paper No. w18201, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2096014

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