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Estimating the Effect of Student Aid on College Enrollment: Evidence from a Government Grant Policy Reform

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  • Nielsen, Helena Skyt

    () (Aarhus University)

  • Sørensen, Torben

    () (Aarhus University)

  • Taber, Christopher

    () (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Abstract

In this paper, we investigate the responsiveness of the demand for college to changes in student aid arising from a Danish reform. We separately identify the effect of aid from that of other observed and unobserved variables such as parental income. We exploit the combination of a kinked aid scheme and a reform of the student aid scheme to identify the effect of direct costs on college enrollment. To allow for heterogeneous responses due to borrowing constraints, we use detailed information on parents' assets. We find that enrollment is less responsive than found in other studies and that the presence of borrowing constraints only deters college enrollment to a minor extent.

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  • Nielsen, Helena Skyt & Sørensen, Torben & Taber, Christopher, 2008. "Estimating the Effect of Student Aid on College Enrollment: Evidence from a Government Grant Policy Reform," IZA Discussion Papers 3785, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    Keywords

    kink regression; reform; educational subsidies; college attendance;

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    • I22 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Educational Finance; Financial Aid
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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