Postsecondary Education Structure
AbstractStates differ substantially in the structures of their public four-year university systems. This paper uses micro-level data to evaluate the effects of postsecondary education structure on individualsâ€™ educational and labor-market outcomes. Postsecondary education structure affects whether individuals attend universities at all, whether they attend public or private universities, and whether they attend large or small universities. Individuals who are exposed to more-fractionalized structures are adversely affected in the labor market. In conjunction with evidence that it is more expensive to educate students at smaller universities, this latter result suggests that states with more-fractionalized postsecondary education structures should look to consolidate their resources into fewer, larger universities.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Department of Economics, University of Missouri in its series Working Papers with number 0906.
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Date of creation: 03 Jul 2009
Date of revision: 04 Oct 2010
Note: Originally submitted as: Postsecondary Education Structure and Human Capital Production
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postsecondary education structure; higher education structure; small university; large university; postsecondary education costs;
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- I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
- J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2009-07-28 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2009-07-28 (Education)
- NEP-HRM-2009-07-28 (Human Capital & Human Resource Management)
- NEP-LAB-2009-07-28 (Labour Economics)
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