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College Expansion and Curriculum Choice

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  • Su, Xuejuan

    ()
    (University of Alberta, Department of Economics)

  • Kaganovich, Michael

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    (Indiana University)

  • Schiopu, Iona

    ()
    (University of Alberta, Department of Economics)

Abstract

This paper analyzes the impact of college enrollment expansion on student academic achievements and labor market outcomes. When public policies promote “access” to college education, colleges adjust their curricula: Non-elite public colleges adopt a less demanding curriculum to accommodate the influx of low-ability students, benefiting them at the expense of middle-ability students. In response to the reduced competitive pressure for middle-ability students, private colleges adopt a more demanding curriculum to better serve their high-ability students, again at the expense of middle-ability students. The model offers an explanation to the observed U-shaped earnings growth profile among college-educated workers in the U.S.

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Paper provided by University of Alberta, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2012-25.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 01 Oct 2012
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Handle: RePEc:ris:albaec:2012_025

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Keywords: curriculum; postsecondary education; enrollment expansion; income distribution;

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  1. Dennis Epple & Richard Romano, 2002. "Educational Vouchers and Cream Skimming," NBER Working Papers 9354, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  1. Elise S. Brezis & Joel Hellier, 2013. "Social mobility at the top: Why are elites self-reproducing?," Working Papers 312, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.

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