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Shamsuddin, Shomon – Research in Higher Education, 2016
Many students enroll in less selective colleges than they are qualified to attend, despite low graduation rates at these institutions. Some scholars have argued that qualified students should enroll in the most selective colleges because they have greater resources to support student success. However, selective college attendance is endogenous, so…
Descriptors: Selective Admission, College Students, Bachelors Degrees, Probability
Hershbein, Brad J. – W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2013
Recent studies have found a large earnings premium to attending a more selective college, but the mechanisms underlying this premium have received little attention and remain unclear. In order to shed light on this question, I develop a multidimensional signaling model relying on college grades and selectivity that rationalizes students' choices…
Descriptors: Grade Point Average, Salaries, Selective Admission, Colleges