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The Earnings Effect of Education at Community Colleges

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  • Marcotte, Dave E.

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    (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

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In this paper, I make use of data from the 2000 follow-up of the National Education Longitudinal Survey (NELS) post-secondary education transcript files to extend what is known about the value of education at community colleges. I examine the effects of enrollment in community colleges on students’ subsequent earnings. I estimate the effects of credits earned separate from credentials because community colleges are often used as a means for students to engage in study not necessarily leading to a degree or certificate. I find consistent evidence of wage and salary effects of both credits and degrees, especially for women. There is no substantial evidence that enrollment in vocational rather than academic coursework has a particularly beneficial effect, however.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2334.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2006
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Publication status: published in: Contemporary Economic Policy, 2010, 28(1), 36-51
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2334

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Keywords: earnings; training; community college; human capital;

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  1. Holzer, Harry J. & Dunlop Velez, Erin, 2013. "Just the Facts, Ma'am: Postsecondary Education and Labor Market Outcomes in the U.S," IZA Discussion Papers 7319, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Chung, Anna, 2008. "The Effects of For-Profit College Training on Earnings," MPRA Paper 18972, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised May 2009.

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