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). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3532593 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3532593

Rajashri Chakrabarti (Contact Author)

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Vyacheslav Fos

Boston College - Department of Finance ( email )

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Andres Liberman

New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance ( email )

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Constantine Yannelis

University of Chicago ( email )

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