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ERIC Number: ED563384
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Minimum Wage and Community College Attendance: How Economic Circumstances Affect Educational Choices
Williams, Betsy
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
How do changes in minimum wages affect community college enrollment and employment? In particular, among adults without associate's or bachelor's degrees who may earn near the minimum wage, do endowment effects of a higher minimum wage encourage school attendance? Among adults without associate's or bachelor's degrees who may earn near the minimum wage, does the higher opportunity cost for attending school created by the minimum wage reduce community college enrollment? As Neumark and Wascher (2008) ask, does a higher minimum wage reduce employment and through that channel encourage school enrollment? This analysis compares individual-level and aggregated data to examine why findings about the effects of minimum wages on school enrollment produce mixed results. The author highlights the role of heterogeneous results by group as a reason results in the aggregate may be mixed. Which groups are most likely to attend has implications for policy and practice. However, the sample may not adequately capture trends that have developed during the Great Recession, including both the expansion of and increased governmental scrutiny of online, for-profit higher educational offerings. Tables and figures are appended.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)