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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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Paper provided by UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES-CEDE in its series DOCUMENTOS CEDE with number 015352.

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Date of creation: 15 Feb 2017
Handle: RePEc:col:000089:015352
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