Palo Alto, CA
Institutional Affiliation: Stanford University
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|September 2018||How Does For-profit College Attendance Affect Student Loans, Defaults and Labor Market Outcomes?|
with Rajashri Chakrabarti, Michael F. Lovenheim: w25042
For-profit providers are becoming an increasingly important fixture of US higher education markets. Students who attend for-profit institutions take on more educational debt, have worse labor market outcomes, and are more likely to default than students attending similarly-selective public schools. Because for-profits tend to serve students from more disadvantaged backgrounds, it is important to isolate the causal effect of for-profit enrollment on educational and labor market outcomes. We approach this problem using a novel instrument combined with more comprehensive data on student outcomes than has been employed in prior research. Our instrument leverages the interaction between changes in the demand for college due to labor demand shocks and the local supply of for-profit schools. We c...