Does Cheaper Mean Better? The Impact of Using Adjunct Instructors on Student Outcomes

  title={Does Cheaper Mean Better? The Impact of Using Adjunct Instructors on Student Outcomes},
  author={Eric P. Bettinger and Bridget Terry Long},
  journal={The Review of Economics and Statistics},
Higher education has increasingly relied on part-time, adjunct instructors. Critics argue that adjuncts reduce educational quality because they often have less education than full-time professors. On the other hand, by specializing in teaching or being concurrently employed, adjuncts could enhance learning experiences. This paper quantifies how adjuncts affect subsequent student interest and course performance relative to full-time faculty using an instrumental variable strategy that exploits… CONTINUE READING
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