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College Characteristics and the Wages of Young Women

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  • Kermit Daniel

    (University of Pennsylvania)

  • Dan Black

    (University of Kentucky)

  • Jeffery Smith

    (University of Western Ontario)

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Using the rich data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, we show that several dimensions of college quality have positive impacts on young women's wages. We find evidence of ability sorting, but controlling for ability, women who attend higher quality colleges earn higher wages. Women receive smaller gains from college quality than do men; black women receive greater gains from college quality than do white women. Controlling for quality, women who attend private colleges earn more than those who attend public colleges, and women earn lower wages, the higher the proportion of their college's students were women. A significant part of the return to college quality appears to arise from a greater likelihood of working in high-wage occupations and industries.

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  • Kermit Daniel & Dan Black & Jeffery Smith, 1996. "College Characteristics and the Wages of Young Women," HEW 9604002, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwphe:9604002
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    Keywords

    returns to education; human capital; wages;
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    JEL classification:

    • I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education
    • J3 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs

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