Estimating the Payoff to Attending a More Selective College: an Application of Selection on Observables and Unobservables

@article{Dale1999EstimatingTP,
  title={Estimating the Payoff to Attending a More Selective College: an Application of Selection on Observables and Unobservables},
  author={S. Dale and A. Krueger},
  journal={NBER Working Paper Series},
  year={1999}
}
There are many estimates of the effect of college quality on students' subsequent earnings. One difficulty interpreting past estimates, however, is that elite colleges admit students, in part, based on characteristics that are related to their earnings capacity. Since some of these characteristics are unobserved by researchers who later estimate wage equations, it is difficult to parse out the effect of attending a selective college from the students' pre-college characteristics. This paper… Expand
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