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ERIC Number: EJ870406
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0964-5292
A Value-Added Estimate of Higher Education Quality of US States
Zhang, Lei
Education Economics, v17 n4 p469-489 Dec 2009
States differ substantially in higher education policies. Little is known about the effects of state policies on the performance of public colleges and universities, largely because no clear measures of college quality exist. In this paper, I estimate the average quality of public colleges of US states based on the value-added to individuals' early career earnings. I explicitly deal with the problem of self-selection in both where to go to college and where to work. I find considerable variation in the quality of states' public college systems. Using this quality measure, I then explore how various aspects of state higher education policy are associated with college outcomes. I find that states with better faculty quality and with more diversity among public colleges tend to have higher value-added to student earnings. (Contains 6 tables, 1 figure and 20 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (NCES)