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The effects of HOPE on post-college retention in the Georgia workforce

  • Sjoquist, David L.
  • Winters, John V.

Research suggests that merit scholarship programs increase college enrollment in states that adopt them but post-college migration may limit the effect these programs have on the stock of college-educated labor in those states. In this paper we consider the effect of Georgia's HOPE Scholarship program on post-college retention, estimating the effect in two ways. First, we use administrative data on student and employment records to examine the effects of the HOPE Scholarship on post-college retention rates in the Georgia workforce for students enrolled in the University System of Georgia (USG). Second, we use data from the census and ACS and a difference-in-difference model following the approach of Hickman (2009).

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Regional Science and Urban Economics.

Volume (Year): 43 (2013)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 479-490

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Handle: RePEc:eee:regeco:v:43:y:2013:i:3:p:479-490
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