Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy

No 2009:19: Stability of college rankings - A study of relative earnings estimates applying different methods and models on Swedish data

Marie Gartell ()
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Marie Gartell: Institute for Futures Studies, Postal: P.O. Box 591, SE-101 31 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: The ranking of colleges varies both across methods and model specifications. Still, earnings equations tend to be consistent with regard to which colleges that on average are found in the top and bottom half of the earnings distribution. Moreover, there are no systematic differences in the ranking of colleges dependent on the age of the college, i.e. old versus new colleges. Although ranking by earnings equations provide some information about the relation to earnings, endogeneity issues preclude any causal interpretation of the rankings presented here.

Keywords: University education; college chocie; ranking

JEL-codes: I21; J16; J24; J31; J44

51 pages, September 21, 2009

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