Credit for Low-Income Students and Access to and Academic Performance in Higher Education in Colombia: A Regression Discontinuity Approach

47 Pages Posted: 22 May 2015

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Tatiana Melguizo

University of Southern California

Fabio Sanchez

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics

Tatiana Velasco

Teachers College, Columbia University; Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, School of Government ; Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics

Date Written: April 7, 2015

Abstract

This study evaluates the impact of a national level subsidized loan program, ACCES, on a number of higher education outcomes (i.e., increase in enrollment rates, decrease in dropout rates, and increase in academic performance) of low-income students in Colombia. We use national level data along with a regression discontinuity design to estimate the impact of the program. The results confirm that the program was effective in terms of increasing the potential number of low-income students at the margin who would have enrolled in college, decreasing the number of students who dropped out, and increasing their academic outcomes.

Keywords: Higher Education, Credit, Access, Academic Performance, ACCES

JEL Classification: I22, I23

Suggested Citation

Melguizo, Tatiana and Sanchez, Fabio and Velasco, Tatiana, Credit for Low-Income Students and Access to and Academic Performance in Higher Education in Colombia: A Regression Discontinuity Approach (April 7, 2015). Documento CEDE No. 2015-18, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2608642 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2608642

Tatiana Melguizo (Contact Author)

University of Southern California ( email )

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Fabio Sanchez

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics

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Santafe de Bogota, AA4976
Colombia

Tatiana Velasco

Teachers College, Columbia University ( email )

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Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics ( email )

Carrera 1a No. 18A-10
Santafe de Bogota, AA4976
Colombia

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