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The effect of student aid on the duration of study

Daniela Glocker

Economics of Education Review, 2011, vol. 30, issue 1, 177-190

Abstract: In this paper I evaluate the effect of student aid on the success of academic studies. I focus on two dimensions, the duration of study and the probability of actually graduating with a degree. To determine the impact of financial student aid, I estimate a discrete-time duration model allowing for competing risks to account for different exit states (graduation and dropout) using individual level panel data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) for the years 1984-2007. My findings suggest that the duration of study is responsive to the type of financial support a student receives. There are three main results. First, student aid recipients finish faster than comparable students who are supported by the same amount of parental/private transfers only. Second, although higher financial aid does on average not affect the duration of study, this effect is (third) dominated by the increased probability of actually finishing university successfully.

Keywords: Academic; outcomes; Student; aid; Duration; of; study; BAfoeG; German; Socio-Economic; Panel (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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