NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

The Wage Effects of Not-for-Profit and For-Profit Certifications: Better Data, Somewhat Different Results

Kevin Lang, Russell Weinstein

NBER Working Paper No. 19135
Issued in June 2013
NBER Program(s):   ED   LS

Using the Beginning Postsecondary Student Survey and Transcript Data, we find no statistically significant differential return to certificate or Associate’s degrees between for-profits and not-for-profits. Point estimates suggest a slightly lower return to a for-profit certificate and a slightly higher return to a for-profit Associate’s degree, largely because more students at not-for-profits earn a BA, making them less likely to have only an Associate’s degree. There is considerable variation in the return to certificates/degrees across majors, including many with negligible or negative returns. Differences across fields are large relative to differences across institution types.

You may purchase this paper on-line in .pdf format from SSRN.com ($5) for electronic delivery.

Information about Free Papers

You should expect a free download if you are a subscriber, a corporate associate of the NBER, a journalist, an employee of the U.S. federal government with a ".GOV" domain name, or a resident of nearly any developing country or transition economy.

If you usually get free papers at work/university but do not at home, you can either connect to your work VPN or proxy (if any) or elect to have a link to the paper emailed to your work email address below. The email address must be connected to a subscribing college, university, or other subscribing institution. Gmail and other free email addresses will not have access.

E-mail:

Acknowledgments

Machine-readable bibliographic record - MARC, RIS, BibTeX

Published: Lang, Kevin & Weinstein, Russell, 2013. "The wage effects of not-for-profit and for-profit certifications: Better data, somewhat different results," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 24(C), pages 230-243.

Users who downloaded this paper also downloaded these:
Lang and Weinstein w18201 Evaluating Student Outcomes at For-Profit Colleges
Cellini and Chaudhary w18343 The Labor Market Returns to a For-Profit College Education
Oreopoulos and Petronijevic w19053 Making College Worth It: A Review of Research on the Returns to Higher Education
Cellini and Goldin w17827 Does Federal Student Aid Raise Tuition? New Evidence on For-Profit Colleges
Karabarbounis and Neiman w19136 The Global Decline of the Labor Share
 
Publications
Activities
Meetings
Data
People
About

Support
National Bureau of Economic Research, 1050 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138; 617-868-3900; email: info@nber.org

Contact Us