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ERIC Number: EJ1106496
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1934-5747
Examining the Earnings Trajectories of Community College Students Using a Piecewise Growth Curve Modeling Approach
Jaggars, Shanna Smith; Xu, Di
Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, v9 n3 p445-471 2016
Policymakers have become increasingly concerned with measuring--and holding colleges accountable for--students' labor market outcomes. In this article we introduce a piecewise growth curve approach to analyzing community college students' labor market outcomes, and we discuss how this approach differs from two popular econometric approaches: Mincerian and individual fixed-effects models. Our results suggest that three assumptions underpinning econometric approaches--that across-student variation is constant across time, that the model specifies a counterfactual that is appropriate for all members of the sample, and that the impacts of a given award are fixed across time--may not be well founded. We then highlight how insights gained from the growth curve approach can be used to strengthen evolving econometric analyses of labor market returns.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305C110011