Any Press is Good Press? The Unanticipated Effects of Title Ix Investigations on University Outcomes

30 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2018 Last revised: 6 Aug 2018

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Jason Lindo

Texas A&M University

Dave E. Marcotte

University of Maryland Baltimore County; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Jane Palmer

American University - School of Public Affairs

Isaac D. Swensen

Montana State University - Bozeman - Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics

Date Written: July 2018

Abstract

Since 2011, when the landmark “Dear Colleague” letter declared that the Department of Education (DoE) would use equal-access requirements of federal law to remediate sexual assault on college campuses, 458 investigations have been opened. This letter was withdrawn in 2017 and it remains uncertain how the DoE will handle the issue in the future. We examine the effects of the investigations arising from the 2011 policy change on university outcomes. We find that applications and enrollment increase in response to Title IX investigations, for both males and females. We find little evidence of effects on degree completion or donations.

Suggested Citation

Lindo, Jason and Marcotte, Dave E. and Palmer, Jane and Swensen, Isaac D., Any Press is Good Press? The Unanticipated Effects of Title Ix Investigations on University Outcomes (July 2018). NBER Working Paper No. w24852, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3218104

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Dave E. Marcotte

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Jane Palmer

American University - School of Public Affairs ( email )

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Isaac D. Swensen

Montana State University - Bozeman - Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics ( email )

Bozeman, MT 59717-2920
United States

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