Does it pay to attend an elite private college? Evidence on the effects of undergraduate college quality on graduate school attendance

Eric Eide, Dominic J. Brewer, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Abstract

Much attention has recently focused on the rapidly rising costs of a college education, and whether the benefits of attending an elite private college have kept pace with the increasing costs. In this paper we analyze whether undergraduate college quality affects the likelihood that an individual attends graduate school. Using data on three cohorts of students from the National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972 and High School and Beyond, we find that on balance attendance at an elite private college significantly increases the probability of attending graduate school, and more specifically, graduate school at a major research institution. [JEL I21, J24]

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-376
Number of pages6
JournalEconomics of Education Review
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Economics and Econometrics

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