The Impact of Covid-19 on Student Experiences and Expectations: Evidence from a Survey

26 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2020 Last revised: 27 Jun 2021

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Esteban Aucejo

Arizona State University (ASU)

Jacob French

Arizona State University (ASU)

Maria Paola Ugalde Araya

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Basit Zafar

Arizona State University (ASU) - Department of Economics

Date Written: June 2020

Abstract

In order to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on higher education, we surveyed approximately 1,500 students at one of the largest public institutions in the United States using an instrument designed to recover the causal impact of the pandemic on students' current and expected outcomes. Results show large negative effects across many dimensions. Due to COVID-19: 13% of students have delayed graduation, 40% lost a job, internship, or a job offer, and 29% expect to earn less at age 35. Moreover, these effects have been highly heterogeneous. One quarter of students increased their study time by more than 4 hours per week due to COVID-19, while another quarter decreased their study time by more than 5 hours per week. This heterogeneity often followed existing socioeconomic divides; lower-income students are 55% more likely to have delayed graduation due to COVID-19 than their higher-income peers. Finally, we show that the economic and health related shocks induced by COVID-19 vary systematically by socioeconomic factors and constitute key mediators in explaining the large (and heterogeneous) effects of the pandemic.

Suggested Citation

Aucejo, Esteban and French, Jacob and Ugalde Araya, Maria Paola and Zafar, Basit, The Impact of Covid-19 on Student Experiences and Expectations: Evidence from a Survey (June 2020). NBER Working Paper No. w27392, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3632618

Esteban Aucejo (Contact Author)

Arizona State University (ASU) ( email )

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Jacob French

Arizona State University (ASU) ( email )

Farmer Building 440G PO Box 872011
Tempe, AZ 85287
United States

Maria Paola Ugalde Araya

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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Basit Zafar

Arizona State University (ASU) - Department of Economics ( email )

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United States

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