Why Have College Completion Rates Increased?

48 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2019

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Jeffrey Denning

Brigham Young University

Eric Eide

Brigham Young University

Merrill Warnick

Brigham Young University

Abstract

College completion rates declined from the 1970s to the 1990s. We document that this trend has reversed - since the 1990s, college completion rates have increased. We investigate the reasons for the increase in college graduation rates. Collectively, student characteristics, institutional resources, and institution attended do not explain much of the change. However, we document that standards for degree receipt may explain some of the change in graduation rates.

Keywords: college completion

JEL Classification: I23, I21

Suggested Citation

Denning, Jeffrey and Eide, Eric and Warnick, Merrill, Why Have College Completion Rates Increased?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 12411. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3408309

Jeffrey Denning (Contact Author)

Brigham Young University ( email )

Provo, UT 84602
United States

Eric Eide

Brigham Young University ( email )

Provo, UT 84602
United States

Merrill Warnick

Brigham Young University

Provo, UT 84602
United States

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