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Gains and Gaps: Changing Inequality in U.S. College Entry and Completion

Martha J. Bailey, Susan M. Dynarski

NBER Working Paper No. 17633
Issued in December 2011

---- Acknowledgements -----

A version of this paper is published under the title, "Inequality in Postsecondary Education," in Whither Opportunity? Rising Inequality and the Uncertain Life Chances of Low-Income Children, edited by Greg J. Duncan and Richard J. Murnane. We are grateful for research assistance from Emily Beam, Sayeh Nikpay, Nathaniel Schwartz, and Francie Streich. Rebecca Blank, Greg Duncan, Mike McPherson, Richard Murnane, and participants in the conferences on Social Inequality and Educational Disadvantage provided valuable comments. The Russell Sage Foundation generously provided funding for this research. 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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