Decreasing Time to Baccalaureate Degree in the United States

22 Pages Posted: 15 May 2021

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Jeffrey Denning

Brigham Young University

Eric Eide

Brigham Young University

Kevin J. Mumford

Purdue University

Daniel Sabey

Brigham Young University

Abstract

After increasing in the 1970s and 1980s, time to bachelor's degree has declined since the 1990s. We document this fact using data from three nationally representative surveys. We show that this pattern is occurring across school types and for all student types. Using administrative student records from 12 large universities, we confirm the finding and show that it is robust to alternative sample definitions. We discuss what might explain the decline in time to bachelor's degree by considering trends in student preparation, state funding, student enrollment, study time, and student employment during college.

JEL Classification: I20, I21

Suggested Citation

Denning, Jeffrey and Eide, Eric and Mumford, Kevin J. and Sabey, Daniel, Decreasing Time to Baccalaureate Degree in the United States. IZA Discussion Paper No. 14338, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3846682 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3846682

Jeffrey Denning (Contact Author)

Brigham Young University ( email )

Provo, UT 84602
United States

Eric Eide

Brigham Young University ( email )

Provo, UT 84602
United States

Kevin J. Mumford

Purdue University ( email )

West Lafayette, IN 47907-1310
United States
7654966773 (Phone)
7654967434 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.mgmt.purdue.edu/faculty/kjmumfor/home.asp

Daniel Sabey

Brigham Young University

Provo, UT 84602
United States

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