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ERIC Number: EJ1007288
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-7757
The Impact of Business Cycle Fluctuations on Graduate School Enrollment
Johnson, Matthew T.
Economics of Education Review, v34 p122-134 Jun 2013
This paper adds to the understanding of student decisions about graduate school attendance by studying the magnitude of the effect of business cycle fluctuations on enrollment. I use data on graduate school enrollment from the Current Population Survey and statewide variation in unemployment rates across time to proxy for changes in business cycle conditions. I find that overall graduate school enrollment is countercyclical for females and acyclical for males. I show that changes in the unemployment rate have non-linear impacts on female enrollment and that poor labor market conditions lead to a substitution from full-time enrollment to part-time enrollment for both genders. (Contains 2 figures and 9 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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