Abstract

ABSTRACT:

We consider the effects of student ability, college quality, and the interaction between the two on academic outcomes and earnings, using data on two cohorts of college enrollees. Student ability and college quality strongly improve degree completion and earnings for all students. We find evidence of meaningful complementarity between student ability and college quality in degree completion at four years and in long-term earnings, but not in degree completion at six years or STEM degree completion. This complementarity implies some trade-off between equity and efficiency for policies that move lower-ability students to higher-quality colleges.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1548-8004
Print ISSN
0022-166X
Pages
pp. 767-808
Launched on MUSE
2020-07-08
Open Access
No
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