IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


The benefits of alternatives to conventional college

18 May 2022, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Old school building in the USA. Spiroview Inc/Adobe Stock.

Join this webinar to hear Dr Ken Troske discuss labour market returns to attending for-profit vocational institutions and community college in the US.

This event is free.

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Jenny Chanfreau

In this event, Ken will discuss the paper at hand and how it provides novel evidence on the labour-market returns to for-profit postsecondary school and community college attendance. 

The analysis is based on linked administrative records on college attendance with quarterly earnings data for nearly 400,000 students in one state. Five years after enrolment, quarterly earnings conditional on employment exceed earnings in the absence of schooling by 20-29 percent for students attending for-profit schools and 16-27 percent for students attending community colleges. 

In aggregate, the benefits of attendance generally exceed the costs in both for-profit schools and community colleges. Finally, he will explain that for-profit schools and community colleges serve very different markets. 

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in quantitative social science, returns to education, USA, vocational institutions and community college.

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About the Speaker

Dr Kenneth Troske

Chair in Economics at Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky (UK)

His primary research areas are labour and human resource economics.