The Wage Effects of Not-for-Profit and For-Profit Certifications: Better Data, Somewhat Different Results

41 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2013

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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 2013

Abstract

Using the Beginning Postsecondary Student Survey and Transcript Data, we find no statistically significant differential return to certificate or Associate's degrees between for-profits and not-for-profits. Point estimates suggest a slightly lower return to a for-profit certificate and a slightly higher return to a for-profit Associate's degree, largely because more students at not-for-profits earn a BA, making them less likely to have only an Associate's degree. There is considerable variation in the return to certificates/degrees across majors, including many with negligible or negative returns. Differences across fields are large relative to differences across institution types.

Suggested Citation

Lang, Kevin and Weinstein, Russell, The Wage Effects of Not-for-Profit and For-Profit Certifications: Better Data, Somewhat Different Results (June 2013). NBER Working Paper No. w19135, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2281045

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