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|June 2011||Estimating the Return to College Selectivity over the Career Using Administrative Earnings Data|
with Alan B. Krueger: w17159
We estimate the monetary return to attending a highly selective college using the College and Beyond (C&B) Survey linked to Detailed Earnings Records from the Social Security Administration (SSA). This paper extends earlier work by Dale and Krueger (2002) that examined the relationship between the college that students attended in 1976 and the earnings they self-reported reported in 1995 on the C&B follow-up survey. In this analysis, we use administrative earnings data to estimate the return to various measures of college selectivity for a more recent cohort of students: those who entered college in 1989. We also estimate the return to college selectivity for the 1976 cohort of students, but over a longer time horizon (from 1983 through 2007) using administrative data.
We find that the re...
“Estimating the Return to College Selectivity of the Career Using Administrative Earning Data,” (with Stacy Dale), forthcoming in Journal of Human Resources Spring 2014, vol. 49, no. 2, pp. 323-358