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ERIC Number: ED571789
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Returns to Vocational Credentials: Evidence from Ohio's Community and Technical Colleges. A CAPSEE Working Paper
Bettinger, Eric; Soliz, Adela
Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment
In recent years, policymakers and academics have become increasingly interested in the returns to sub-baccalaureate degrees. This interest arises from surging demand for such programs over the 2000s, especially in the wake of the 2008 recession, as well as from President Obama's charge to dramatically increase the number of students with a college degree of some type. We estimate the returns to both community and technical colleges in the state of Ohio. We find that associate degrees generate positive earnings effects for both men and women. These positive effects occur across many fields but are strongest in health. We find that certificates also generate positive returns, but there is some heterogeneity across men and women. Men benefit from short-duration certificates while women benefit from long-duration certificates. This result is likely driven by heterogeneity in the returns across fields.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment (CAPSEE)
Identifiers - Location: Ohio
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305C110011