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The effect of private high school education on the college trajectory

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  • Coughlin, Conor
  • Castilla, Carolina

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We use the National Education Longitudinal Study (NELS) to estimate the effect of private secondary schooling on the average college trajectory of a student in the United States, examining college enrollment and degree attainment across the private and public sectors. We provide the first estimates of the effect of private schooling on college degree attainment using the most recent NELS survey. To account for potential non-random selection we exploit the variation in the grade spans of the students’ middle schools. Results indicate that private schooling has a significant, positive effect on college enrollment and degree attainment. The effect on college enrollment diminishes with time, suggesting that private schools influence degree attainment by getting students to college sooner.

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  • Coughlin, Conor & Castilla, Carolina, 2014. "The effect of private high school education on the college trajectory," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 125(2), pages 200-203.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:125:y:2014:i:2:p:200-203
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2014.09.002
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    1. Trivitt, Julie & Cheng, Albert, 2016. "When you say nothing at all: The predictive power of student effort on surveysAuthor-Name: Hitt, Collin," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 52(C), pages 105-119.

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    Keywords

    Private high school education; College attainment; College enrollment;

    JEL classification:

    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General

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