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Does it pay to attend a for-profit college? Horizontal stratification in higher education

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dc.contributor.advisor Pettit, Becky en_US Denice, Patrick en_US 2013-04-17T18:00:05Z 2013-04-17T18:00:05Z 2013-04-17 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.other Denice_washington_0250O_11155.pdf en_US
dc.description Thesis (Master's)--University of Washington, 2012 en_US
dc.description.abstract Mostly absent from the research investigating the economic returns to postsecondary education are examinations of the economic value of attending a for-profit institution, despite this sector's rapid growth over the past decade. Using the most recent available wave of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997, I find that individuals who pursued their postsecondary education at a for-profit college earn significantly lower weekly compensation than individuals who did not attend a for-profit college. This difference is robust to the addition of individual, regional, and employment controls, and it is particularly concentrated among 2-year degree holders, women, and those working in the management and professional fields. Implications for the horizontal stratification of higher education are explored. en_US
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dc.subject higher education; human capital; propensity score matching; signaling theory; stratification en_US
dc.subject.other Sociology en_US
dc.subject.other Higher education en_US
dc.subject.other Sociology of education en_US
dc.subject.other sociology en_US
dc.title Does it pay to attend a for-profit college? Horizontal stratification in higher education en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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