College Characteristics and the Wages of Young Women
AbstractUsing the rich data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, we show that several dimensions of college quality have positive impacts on young women's wages. We find evidence of ability sorting, but controlling for ability, women who attend higher quality colleges earn higher wages. Women receive smaller gains from college quality than do men; black women receive greater gains from college quality than do white women. Controlling for quality, women who attend private colleges earn more than those who attend public colleges, and women earn lower wages, the higher the proportion of their college's students were women. A significant part of the return to college quality appears to arise from a greater likelihood of working in high-wage occupations and industries.
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returns to education; human capital; wages;
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