A Second Look at Enrollment Changes after the Kalamazoo Promise

Upjohn Institute Working Paper No. 13-200

63 Pages Posted: 4 Jul 2013

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Brad Hershbein

W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Date Written: June 28, 2013

Abstract

While previous research has documented how the Kalamazoo Promise, the most prominent and generous place-based college scholarship program, increased enrollment in Kalamazoo Public Schools, this paper qualifies and quantifies the characteristics of students who were induced to enter – or stay – in the district. In particular, it analyzes the origins and destinations, socioeconomic composition, and school-level sorting behavior associated with student flows around the time of the Promise announcement. These dimensions are more subtle than changes in the volume of students or measures of their individual success, but they are equally important to understand for communities exploring the feasibility of place-based scholarships as a local economic development tool. The findings suggest considerable economic benefits not just for the school district but for the broader metropolitan area.

Keywords: Kalamazoo Promise, place-based scholarship, local economic development, enrollment, migration, selection

JEL Classification: I21, I25, J61, O18, R10

Suggested Citation

Hershbein, Brad, A Second Look at Enrollment Changes after the Kalamazoo Promise (June 28, 2013). Upjohn Institute Working Paper No. 13-200. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2288684 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2288684

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W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research ( email )

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