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The Effect of a Student Aid Reform on Graduation: A Duration Analysis

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  • Häkkinen, Iida

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    (Department of Economics)

  • Uusitalo, Roope

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    (Labour Institute for Economic Research)

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In this paper we evaluate the changes in the times-to-degree at the Finnish universities in the 1990s. In particular, we evaluate the effect of the 1992 student aid reform that was intended to shorten the duration of university studies. We find that the student aid reform had only a modest effect, and that this effect was limited to the fields with long median durations. Most of the decline in the observed times-to-degree can be explained by an increase in the unemployment rate that reduced student employment opportunities.

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Paper provided by Uppsala University, Department of Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 2003:8.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 06 Feb 2003
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:uunewp:2003_008

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Keywords: Times-to-degree; university education; student aid; duration analysis;

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  1. John J. Siegfried & Wendy A. Stock, 2001. "So You Want to Earn a Ph.D. in Economics?: How Long Do You Think It Will Take?," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 36(2), pages 364-378.
  2. Ronald G. Ehrenberg & Panagiotis G. Mavros, 1992. "Do Doctoral Students' Financial Support Patterns Affect Their Times-to-Degree and Completion Probabilities," NBER Working Papers 4070, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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