Tax Preferences for Higher Education and Adult College Enrollment
AbstractThe federal government delivers substantial college aid through the tax code, after introducing education tax credits in 1998 and a tuition deduction in 2002. The design of the Lifetime Learning tax credit and the tuition deduction may make them particularly useful to older students. This paper investigates how these provisions have affected college attendance of individuals in their 30s and 40s. For most adults, there is no effect on college attendance. Among men whose 1998 educational attainment falls short of earlylife educational expectations, eligibility for an education tax preference is associated with a 2.5 to 3.4 percentage point increase in the probability of college attendance.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Department of Economics, Williams College in its series Department of Economics Working Papers with number 2010-11.
Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2010
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Publication status: Forthcoming in the National Tax Journal
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- H31 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Household
- I22 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Educational Finance
- I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
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- NEP-ALL-2010-10-16 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2010-10-16 (Education)
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