Working Paper Series, Uppsala Center for Labor Studies, Department of Economics, Uppsala University
The study pace among college students before and after a student aid reform: some Swedish results
() and Marie Gartell
Abstract: In 2001, the Swedish system of student aid for college
students was substantially re-formed; the grant-share of the total aid was
increased, students were allowed to earn more without a reduction in
student aid, and the repayment schedule of the loans was significantly
tightened. In this paper, we examine the effects of the reform on
individual study efficiency, measured as the number of credit points
achieved each semester. We use all program students with a first
registration at a Swedish college between 1995 and 2001(before the reform)
and estimate a linear regression model including individual fixed effects.
There is a slightly positive and significant effect of the reform on the
ag-gregate level. However, dividing the sample conditionally on the
parental educational level reveals that the individual study efficiency has
increased only for students from a strong academic background. In other
words, the relative study efficiency has decreased for students from a weak
academic background. The different results between students from different
parental backgrounds appear to be related to the reallocation of time
be-tween work and studies.
Keywords: study efficiency; time-to-graduation; university education; student aid; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: I20; (follow links to similar papers)
43 pages, December 16, 2011
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