NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

The Falling Time Cost of College: Evidence from Half a Century of Time Use Data

Philip S. Babcock, Mindy Marks

NBER Working Paper No. 15954
Issued in April 2010

---- Acknowledgements -----

This work benefited from conversations with Kelly Bedard, Ted Bergstrom, Eli Berman, John Briggs, Steven Brint, David Fairris, Peter Kuhn, Valerie Ramey, Doug Steigerwald, Aman Ullah, and Cathy Weinberger, and from comments by Charles Clotfelter, Caroline Hoxby, and others attending the NBER Higher Education Meetings, Spring, 2007. This research uses data from the Higher Education Research Institute housed in the Graduate School of Education and Information at the University of California, Los Angeles. We offer thanks to Alexander Astin and HERI Research Directors, Sylvia Hurtado, John H. Pryor, William S. Korn, and Victor Saenz for access to and assistance with the HERI data. We thank the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research for access to data from the National Survey of Student Engagement. Brianna Briggs, Matthew Lang, and Darius Martin provided excellent research assistance on this project. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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