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PhD Attainment of Graduates of Selective Private Academic Institutions


  • Jeffrey A. Groen

    () (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor)

  • Matthew P. Nagowski

    () (Federal Reserve Bank of Boston)

  • Ronald G. Ehrenberg

    () (Cornell University, Cornell Higher Education Research Institute)


In this article we focus on a homogeneous set of thirty-one highly selective private colleges and universities. The academic aptitudes and preparations of students attending these institutions are among the highest in the nation, and historically students from these institutions have been much more likely to go on to PhD study than the average college graduate nationwide; therefore, the behavior of students from these institutions is of special interest. © 2007 American Education Finance Association

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  • Jeffrey A. Groen & Matthew P. Nagowski & Ronald G. Ehrenberg, 2007. "PhD Attainment of Graduates of Selective Private Academic Institutions," Education Finance and Policy, MIT Press, vol. 2(1), pages 100-110, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:edfpol:v:2:y:2007:i:1:p:100-110

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    PhD attainment; college graduates; private colleges; private universities;

    JEL classification:

    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions


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