The Expansion of Higher Education in Colombia: Bad Students or Bad Programs?

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Adriana Camacho

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics

Julian Messina

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) - Research Department

Juan Uribe Barrera

Brown University

Date Written: February 14, 2017

Abstract

A rapid expansion in the demand for post-secondary education triggered an unprecedented boom of higher education programs in Colombia, possibly deteriorating quality. This paper uses rich administrative data matching school admission information, socio-economic characteristics of the young graduates, standardized test scores pre- and post-tertiary education and entry wages, to assess the heterogeneity in the value added generated by new higher education programs. Our findings show that once we account for self-selection the penalty of attending a recently created program, which initially appeared to be quite large, becomes close to zero.

Keywords: Returns to Tertiary Education, Heterogeneity, Value Added of Higher Education, Colombia

JEL Classification: I23, I24, I26

Suggested Citation

Camacho, Adriana and Messina, Julian and Uribe Barrera, Juan, The Expansion of Higher Education in Colombia: Bad Students or Bad Programs? (February 14, 2017). Documento CEDE No. 2017-13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2921965 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2921965

Adriana Camacho (Contact Author)

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

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

Julian Messina

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) - Research Department ( email )

1300 New York Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20577
United States

Juan Uribe Barrera

Brown University ( email )

Box 1860
Providence, RI 02912
United States

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