Event Title

Intergenerational Mobility of College Students: Does the Type of Institution Matter?

Faculty Advisor

Eric Jensen

Graduation Year

2018

Location

Room E102, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

21-4-2018 11:00 AM

End Date

21-4-2018 12:00 PM

Description

Intergenerational mobility is defined as the difference in social and economic standing between generations of the same family. Since the 2000’s, researchers have become more interested in college students and how the institutions they attend may affect their future earnings. We examine intergenerational mobility of college students based on their initial endowment coupled with the value added from each college. Do well-prepared high school students automatically enjoy higher future earnings, or does the college that they attend enhance their human capital, and thus future earnings? The data comes from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and Raj Chetty’s Equality of Opportunity Project, based upon data from over 30 million current and former college students. The merged data characterizes colleges with variables such as mean income of graduated students and the total instructional expenditure per student. Such research allows intergenerational mobility to be measured by both concrete quantifiable variables and intangible variables.

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Apr 21st, 11:00 AM Apr 21st, 12:00 PM

Intergenerational Mobility of College Students: Does the Type of Institution Matter?

Room E102, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Intergenerational mobility is defined as the difference in social and economic standing between generations of the same family. Since the 2000’s, researchers have become more interested in college students and how the institutions they attend may affect their future earnings. We examine intergenerational mobility of college students based on their initial endowment coupled with the value added from each college. Do well-prepared high school students automatically enjoy higher future earnings, or does the college that they attend enhance their human capital, and thus future earnings? The data comes from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and Raj Chetty’s Equality of Opportunity Project, based upon data from over 30 million current and former college students. The merged data characterizes colleges with variables such as mean income of graduated students and the total instructional expenditure per student. Such research allows intergenerational mobility to be measured by both concrete quantifiable variables and intangible variables.