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The Wage Effects of Not-for-Profit and For-Profit Certifications: Better Data, Somewhat Different Results

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  • Kevin Lang
  • Russell Weinstein

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Using the Beginning Postsecondary Student Survey and Transcript Data, we find no statistically significant differential return to certificate or Associate’s degrees between for-profits and not-for-profits. Point estimates suggest a slightly lower return to a for-profit certificate and a slightly higher return to a for-profit Associate’s degree, largely because more students at not-for-profits earn a BA, making them less likely to have only an Associate’s degree. There is considerable variation in the return to certificates/degrees across majors, including many with negligible or negative returns. Differences across fields are large relative to differences across institution types.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 19135.

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Publication status: published as Lang, Kevin & Weinstein, Russell, 2013. "The wage effects of not-for-profit and for-profit certifications: Better data, somewhat different results," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 24(C), pages 230-243.
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  1. Cory Koedel & Rajeev Darolia & Paco Martorell & Katie Wilson & Francisco Perez-Arce, 2014. "Do Employers Prefer Workers Who Attend For-Profit Colleges? Evidence from a Field Experiment," Working Papers, Department of Economics, University of Missouri 141, Department of Economics, University of Missouri.

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