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The Expansion of Higher Education in Colombia: Bad Students or Bad Programs?

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  • Adriana Camacho

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  • Julián Messina

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  • Juan Pablo Uribe

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A rapid expansion in the demand for post-secondary education triggered an unprecedented boom of higher education programs in Colombia, possibly deteriorating quality. This paper uses rich administrative data matching school admission information, socio-economic characteristics of the young graduates, standardized test scores pre- and post-tertiary education and entry wages, to assess the heterogeneity in the value added generated by new higher education programs. Our findings show that once we account for self-selection the penalty of attending a recently created program, which initially appeared to be quite large, becomes close to zero.

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  • Adriana Camacho & Julián Messina & Juan Pablo Uribe, 2017. "The Expansion of Higher Education in Colombia: Bad Students or Bad Programs?," DOCUMENTOS CEDE 015352, UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES-CEDE.
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    1. Juliana Londoño-Velez & Catherine Rodriguez & Fabio Sánchez?, 2017. "The Intended and Unintended Impacts of a Merit-Based Financial Aid Program for the Poor: The Case of Ser Pilo Paga," DOCUMENTOS CEDE 015466, UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES-CEDE.

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    Keywords

    Returns to Tertiary Education; Heterogeneity; Value Added of Higher Education; Colombia;

    JEL classification:

    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • I24 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Inequality
    • I26 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Returns to Education

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