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College dropout and self-esteem


Höschler, Peter; Backes-Gellner, Uschi (2014). College dropout and self-esteem. Economics of Education Working Paper Series 100, University of Zurich.

Abstract

This study investigates the impact of finishing versus dropping out of college on selfesteem. Using data spanning three decades from the U.S. National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, we find that dropping out of a four-year college significantly decreases selfesteem compared to graduating. In addition, two- and four-year college graduates have significant higher self-esteem than high school graduates never enrolled in college. However, individuals dropping out of a two- or a four-year college miss out on this positive effect. These findings are long-term effects still visible when dropouts are in their late 40s.

Abstract

This study investigates the impact of finishing versus dropping out of college on selfesteem. Using data spanning three decades from the U.S. National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, we find that dropping out of a four-year college significantly decreases selfesteem compared to graduating. In addition, two- and four-year college graduates have significant higher self-esteem than high school graduates never enrolled in college. However, individuals dropping out of a two- or a four-year college miss out on this positive effect. These findings are long-term effects still visible when dropouts are in their late 40s.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:1 May 2014
Deposited On:16 Dec 2014 17:19
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:36
Series Name:Economics of Education Working Paper Series
Related URLs:https://ideas.repec.org/p/iso/educat/0100.html
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:9951

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