Labor Market Returns to Community College Student Pathways

This session featured presentations on a set of studies on the labor market returns to community college coursework, credentials, and pathways. CAPSEE researchers described four studies that explore different aspects of this research question. These studies contribute to the economics literature by examining the returns to the many pathways community college students take through higher education.

This session included the following presentations:

  • The Returns to Remediation: Evidence from North Carolina and Virginia
  • The Labor Market Returns to For-Profit Education: Evidence from Students Who Started in Community College
  • Estimating the Returns to Short-Term and Long-Term Certificates
  • Returns To Course Credits, Certificates and Degrees: Evidence from Michigan’s Community Colleges

Clive Belfield, Queens College, City University of New York, and CAPSEE

Susan Dynarski, University of Michigan and CAPSEE

Michelle Hodara, CCRC and CAPSEE

Brian Jacob, University of Michigan and CAPSEE

Daniel Kreisman, University of Michigan and CAPSEE

Vivian Yuen Ting Liu, CCRC and CAPSEE

Madeline Joy Weiss, CCRC and CAPSEE


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