Tuition, Debt, and Human Capital

55 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2020 Last revised: 28 Dec 2020

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Rajashri Chakrabarti

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Vyacheslav Fos

Boston College - Department of Finance; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Andres Liberman

New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance

Constantine Yannelis

University of Chicago

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Date Written: December 28, 2020

Abstract

This paper investigates the effects of college tuition on student debt and human capital accumulation. We exploit data from a random sample of undergraduate students in the US and implement a research design that instruments for realized tuition with relatively large changes to the advertised tuition of students who enrolled at the same school in different cohorts. We find that $5,000 in higher tuition causally reduces the probability of graduating with a graduate degree by 3.1 percentage points and increases student debt by $1,480. Higher tuition also reduces the probability of obtaining an undergraduate degree among poorer, credit-constrained students.

Keywords: tuition, student debt, human capital, credit constraints

JEL Classification: D14, H52, H81, I23, J24

Suggested Citation

Chakrabarti, Rajashri and Fos, Vyacheslav and Liberman, Andres and Yannelis, Constantine, Tuition, Debt, and Human Capital (December 28, 2020). FRB of New York Staff Report No. 912, February 2020, NYU Stern School of Business, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3532593 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3532593

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Constantine Yannelis

University of Chicago ( email )

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