The labor-market returns to community college degrees, diplomas and certificates
AbstractThis paper provides among the first rigorous estimates of the labor-market returns to community college certificates and diplomas, as well as estimating the returns to the more commonly-studied associate’s degrees. Using administrative data from Kentucky, we estimate panel-data models that control for differences among students in pre-college earnings and educational aspirations. Associate’s degrees and diplomas have quarterly earnings returns of nearly $2,400 for women and $1,500 for men, compared with much smaller returns for certificates. There is substantial heterogeneity in returns across fields of study. Degrees, diplomas, and – for women – certificates correspond with higher levels of employment.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Geary Institute, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 201221 Classification-JEL.
Length: 50 pages
Date of creation: 27 Sep 2012
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- Christopher Jepsen & Kenneth Troske & Paul Coomes, 2014. "The Labor-Market Returns to Community College Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 32(1), pages 95 - 121.
- Jepsen, Christopher & Troske, Kenneth & Coomes, Paul A., 2012. "The Labor-Market Returns to Community College Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates," IZA Discussion Papers 6902, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
- Christopher Jepsen & Kenneth Troske & Paul Coomes, 2012. "The Labor-Market Returns to Community College Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates," Working Papers 201223, School Of Economics, University College Dublin.
- J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
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- NEP-ALL-2012-10-13 (All new papers)
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