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ERIC Number: ED546764
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
The Labor Market Returns to For-Profit Higher Education: Evidence for Transfer Students. A CAPSEE Working Paper
Liu, Yuen Ting; Belfield, Clive
Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment
This study examines the labor market gains for students who enrolled at for-profit colleges after beginning their post-secondary education in community college. We use student-level administrative record data from college transcripts, Unemployment Insurance earnings data, and progression data from the National Student Clearinghouse across full entry cohorts of community college students in two statewide systems between 2001 and 2006. We calculate the wage gains to attainment across different student transfer patterns. We find significant wage penalties to transfer to a for-profit college instead of a public or private nonprofit college. This earnings gap between higher education sectors is consistent but varies in size across subsamples of students. Importantly, it is only identifiable with a sufficient time window across which enrollment and earnings data are available. Students in for-profit colleges have lower opportunity costs in terms of foregone earnings while enrolled in college, but these do not sufficiently compensate for lower earnings growth post-college. The following tables and figures are appended: (1) Descriptive Frequencies for CCS-A Entrants, 2001-02 to 2004-05; (2) Descriptive Frequencies for CCS-B Entrants, 2004-2006; (3) Estimates as per Table 3 for CCS-A Using the Same Window as for CCS-B; (4) Propensity Score Matching: Transfers to For-Profit and Public College From CCS-A Among Male Students; (5) Propensity Score Matching: Transfers to For-Profit and Public College From CCS-B Among Male Students; (6) Propensity Score Matching: Transfers to For-Profit and Public College From CCS-A Among Female Students; and (7) Propensity Score Matching: Transfers to For-Profit and Public College From CCS-B Among Female Students.
Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment. Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street Box 174, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 212.678.3091; e-mail: capsee@columbia.edu; Web site: http://capseecenter.org
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment (CAPSEE)
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305C110011