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Income-based Inequality in Educational Outcomes: Learning from State Longitudinal Data Systems

John P. Papay, Richard Murnane and John B. Willett

No 20802, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: We report results from our long-standing research partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. We make two primary contributions. First, we illustrate the wide range of informative analyses that can be conducted using a state longitudinal data system and the advantages of examining evidence from multiple cohorts of students. Second, we document large income-based gaps in educational attainments, including high-school graduation rates and college-going. Importantly, we show that income-related gaps in both educational credentials and academic skill have narrowed substantially over the past several years in Massachusetts.

JEL-codes: I2 I21 I24 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-12
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Published as J. P. Papay & R. J. Murnane & J. B. Willett, 2015. "Income-Based Inequality in Educational Outcomes: Learning From State Longitudinal Data Systems," Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, vol 37(1 Suppl), pages 29S-52S.

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