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Insights / Research BriefMay 08, 2024

Marginal Returns to Public Universities

Jack Mountjoy
The typical marginally admitted university student completes an additional year of four-year education, is 12 percentage points more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree, and eventually earns 5-10 percent more than their marginally rejected but otherwise identical counterpart. Cost-benefit calculations show positive internal rates of return for students, society, and the government (which supplies financial aid).
Topics:  Higher Education & Workforce Training
Insights / Research BriefApr 23, 2024

Early Predictors of Racial Disparities in Criminal Justice Involvement

Andrew Jordan, Ezra Karger, Derek Neal
Detailed measures of early academic achievement and socioeconomic status are powerful predictors of future criminal justice involvement; however, while reforms that improve school quality and neighborhood environments are likely to reduce future racial disparities in criminal justice involvement, such improvements alone are not likely to eliminate these disparities.
Topics:  Early Childhood Education, Economic Mobility & Poverty, Higher Education & Workforce Training
Insights / Research BriefMar 20, 2024

Experimental Estimates of College Coaching on Postsecondary Re-enrollment

Lesley Turner, Oded Gurantz
Among former students who left college prior to earning a degree, eligibility to receive one-on-one college coaching does not increase college reenrollment.
Topics:  Higher Education & Workforce Training
Insights / Research BriefFeb 21, 2024

English Language Requirement and Educational Inequality: Evidence from 16 Million College Applicants in China

Hongbin Li, Lingsheng Meng, Kai Mu, Shaoda Wang
The introduction of English listening tests in China’s National College Entrance Exam significantly lowered rural students’ exam scores, college access, and future earnings compared to their urban peers.
Topics:  Higher Education & Workforce Training
Insights / Research BriefOct 05, 2023

Education Gradients in Parental Time Investment and Subjective Well-Being

Ariel Kalil, Susan Mayer, William Delgado, Lisa A. Gennetian
Despite spending substantially more time on intensive childcare than less educated mothers, highly educated mothers do not experience more positive feelings or fewer negative feelings during childcare.
Topics:  Higher Education & Workforce Training
Insights / Research BriefSep 11, 2023

A Cognitive View of Policing

Oeindrila Dube, Sandy Jo MacArthur, Anuj K. Shah
Prevailing views suggest that adverse policing outcomes are driven by problematic police officers and deficient policies. This study highlights an overlooked factor – cognitive demands inherent in police work. A training designed to improve officer decision-making under stress and time pressure, two key cognitive demands, lead to 23% fewer uses of force and discretionary arrests, and 11% fewer arrests of Black civilians. The results demonstrate the power of leveraging behavioral science insights to make policing more effective and equitable.
Topics:  Higher Education & Workforce Training
Insights / Research BriefAug 24, 2023

Community Colleges and Upward Mobility

Jack Mountjoy
Expanding access to two-year community college has significant value-added for two-year entrants who otherwise would not have attended college, but negative impacts on students diverted from immediate four-year entry.
Topics:  Higher Education & Workforce Training
Insights / Research BriefJun 29, 2023

The Value of Student Debt Relief and the Role of Administrative Barriers: Evidence from the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program

Damon Jones, Brian Jacob, Benjamin J. Keys
Neither eligibility for nor information about the Teacher Loan Forgiveness (TLF) program affect teachers’ employment decisions. Information increases application and TLF receipt rates for teachers who have already accrued the five years required to be eligible. In general, teachers appear to value the prospect of debt relief, and TLF take-up may be constrained by program complexity and administrative barriers.
Topics:  Fiscal Studies, Higher Education & Workforce Training