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The Changing Face of the Higher Education Market

Rajashri Chakrabarti, Michael Lovenheim () and Kevin Morris
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No 20160907, Liberty Street Economics from Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Abstract: The higher education landscape changed drastically over the last decade and a half. This evolution was largely characterized by the unprecedented growth of the private for-profit sector. In this post, we examine whether the evolution of the higher education market was associated with changes in the types of students who attended the institutions in various sectors of the market. Was the growth in enrollment spurred by an increased entry of traditional students? Or was it driven by an inflow of nontraditional students? Has student composition in higher education changed differentially between sectors? It is important for us to understand not only the growth in the higher education market but also which types of students contributed to this growth, because any changes in the composition of students may have implications for the composition of skilled workers in the labor market, for student loans, for loan repayment, and for the labor market returns to education investments.

Keywords: Rajashri Chakrabarti; Michael Lovenheim and Kevin Morris (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J00 Q1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016-09-07
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