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The response of US college enrollment to unexpected changes in macroeconomic activity


  • Kris Ewing
  • Kim Beckert
  • Bradley Ewing


This paper estimates the extent and magnitude of US college and university enrollment responses to unanticipated changes in macroeconomic activity. In particular, we consider the relationship between enrollment, economic growth, and inflation. A time series analysis known as a vector autoregression is estimated and impulse response functions are calculated to measure the enrollment response to these economic shocks. The results suggest that enrollment patterns differ by gender and are consistent with economic theory.

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  • Kris Ewing & Kim Beckert & Bradley Ewing, 2010. "The response of US college enrollment to unexpected changes in macroeconomic activity," Education Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(4), pages 423-434.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:edecon:v:18:y:2010:i:4:p:423-434
    DOI: 10.1080/09645290903465739

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    1. Sievertsen, Hans Henrik, 2016. "Local unemployment and the timing of post-secondary schooling," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 50(C), pages 17-28.


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