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Dropouts and Diplomas

John Bound and Sarah Turner

Chapter Chapter 8 in Handbook of the Economics of Education, 2011, vol. 4, pp 573-613 from Elsevier

Abstract: Although collegiate attainment rates have risen in many developed and developing countries over the last three decades, they have remained essentially flat in the United States over the same period. In this chapter, we distinguish various models of degree attainment in the general context of theoretical and empirical specifications of educational attainment. To explain collegiate degree attainment, we consider the roles of student demand, the supply side of the postsecondary education market, and the role of public support in determining outcomes. Although the study of college degree attainment has traditionally focused on demand-side determinants of attainment, including how students finance college attainment and academic preparation, we present here the evidence that supply-side determinants including the level of public subsidies and the associated stratification among colleges and universities are also important determinants of degree attainment. Review of this evidence and research suggests a number of unexplored areas for economic research related to college choice, in-college attainment, and the supply-side determinants of stratification and resources per student.

Keywords: College Degree Attainment; Higher Education; Colleges and Universities (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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