ERIC Number: EJ1084465
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
Labor Market Returns to Sub-Baccalaureate Credentials: How Much Does a Community College Degree or Certificate Pay?
Dadgar, Mina; Trimble, Madeline Joy
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, v37 n4 p399-418 Dec 2015
This study provides one of the first estimates of the returns to different types of community college credentials--short-term certificates, long-term certificates, and associate degrees--across different fields of study. We exploit a rich data set that includes matched, longitudinal college transcripts and Unemployment Insurance records for students who entered a Washington State community college in 2001-2002. Our findings based on an individual fixed effect model suggest that earning an associate degree or a long-term certificate is associated with increased wages, particularly for women. We find that there is greater variation in returns to wages by the field of study than by degree type.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Outcomes of Education, Credentials, Labor Market, Certification, Wages, Human Capital, Females, Social Sciences, Credits, Associate Degrees, Education Work Relationship, Student Characteristics, Majors (Students), Gender Differences, Employment Level, Working Hours, Employment Qualifications
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Washington