NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ908277
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0272-7757
Effect of Increased Academic Momentum on Transfer Rates: An Application of the Generalized Propensity Score
Doyle, William R.
Economics of Education Review, v30 n1 p191-200 Feb 2011
Several studies have reported a positive impact of increased academic momentum on transfer from community colleges to four-year institutions. This result may be due to selection bias. Using data from the Beginning Postsecondary Students dataset, I test whether taking more credits in the first year has an impact on transfer rates among bachelor's degree seeking students who begin at community colleges. To test previous results, I estimate a dose-response function after balancing on the generalized propensity score, a relatively novel approach for estimating the effect of continuous treatments. I find that after balancing the sample on a rich set of covariates, the estimated dose-response function shows a linear relationship between credits taken and eventual transfer to a four-year college. (Contains 3 figures and 5 tables.)
Elsevier. 6277 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, FL 32887-4800. Tel: 877-839-7126; Tel: 407-345-4020; Fax: 407-363-1354; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study