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College ChoicesThe Economics of Where to Go, When to Go, and How to Pay for It$
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Caroline M. Hoxby

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780226355351

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226355375.001.0001

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Going to College and Finishing College

Going to College and Finishing College

Explaining Different Educational Outcomes

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College Choices

Sarah E. Turner

University of Chicago Press

This chapter documents the changing relationship between college enrollment and college completion, examines the factors responsible for these shifts, and considers their implications. In doing so, the chapter sets a new direction for higher education research by documenting the gap between enrollment rates and completions and identifying the universe of possible explanations. The first section discusses the measurement of college enrollment and college completion, focusing on the intersection of results from a range of different data sources. The second section sets out a basic framework for analysis, starting with the human capital investment model, and outlines explanations for why individuals who begin college do not complete it or complete it in an extended period of time. The chapter provides empirical evidence distinguishing the explanatory role of these various factors. The concluding section summarizes the challenges for future research and suggests some implications for policy and data collection.

Keywords:   college enrollment, college completion, higher education, enrollment rates, human capital, investment model

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