Higher Education, Merit-Based Scholarships and Post-Baccalaureate Migration

46 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2012

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Maria Donovan Fitzpatrick

Cornell University; NBER

Damon Jones

University of Chicago - Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies

Date Written: November 2012

Abstract

We present new evidence on the effects of merit aid scholarship programs on residential migration and educational attainment using Census data on 24 to 32 year olds in the U.S. from 1990 to 2010. Eligibility for merit aid programs slightly increases the propensity of state natives to live in-state, while also extending in-state enrollment into the late twenties. These patterns notwithstanding, the magnitude of merit aid effects is of an order of magnitude smaller than the population treated, suggesting that nearly all of the spending on these programs is transferred to individuals who do not alter educational or migration behavior.

Suggested Citation

Fitzpatrick, Maria Donovan and Jones, Damon, Higher Education, Merit-Based Scholarships and Post-Baccalaureate Migration (November 2012). NBER Working Paper No. w18530. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2174842

Maria Donovan Fitzpatrick (Contact Author)

Cornell University ( email )

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Damon Jones

University of Chicago - Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies ( email )

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Chicago, IL 60637
United States

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