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Income-based Inequality in Educational Outcomes: Learning from State Longitudinal Data Systems

John P. Papay, Richard J. Murnane, John B. Willett

NBER Working Paper No. 20802
Issued in December 2014
NBER Program(s):Children, Economics of Education

We report results from our long-standing research partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. We make two primary contributions. First, we illustrate the wide range of informative analyses that can be conducted using a state longitudinal data system and the advantages of examining evidence from multiple cohorts of students. Second, we document large income-based gaps in educational attainments, including high-school graduation rates and college-going. Importantly, we show that income-related gaps in both educational credentials and academic skill have narrowed substantially over the past several years in Massachusetts.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w20802

Published: J. P. Papay & R. J. Murnane & J. B. Willett, 2015. "Income-Based Inequality in Educational Outcomes: Learning From State Longitudinal Data Systems," Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, vol 37(1 Suppl), pages 29S-52S.

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