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Author: Dillon, Eleanor Wiske
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1. Dillon, Eleanor Wiske
Smith, Jeffrey
Determinants of the Match Between Student Ability and College Quality
Journal of Labor Economics 35,1 (January 2017): 45-66.
Also: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/687523
Cohort(s): NLSY97
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Keyword(s): College Characteristics; Colleges; Test Scores/Test theory/IRT

We examine how students of varying abilities sort (and are sorted) into colleges of varying qualities. Our data indicate substantial amounts of both academic undermatch (high ability students at low quality colleges) and academic overmatch (low ability students at high quality colleges). Student application and enrollment decisions, rather than college admission decisions, drive most deviations from academic assortative matching. Financial constraints, information, and the public college options facing students all affect this sorting, but mainly via the college quality rather than the match between ability and quality. More informed students attend higher quality colleges, even when doing so involves overmatching.
Bibliography Citation
Dillon, Eleanor Wiske and Jeffrey Smith. "Determinants of the Match Between Student Ability and College Quality." Journal of Labor Economics 35,1 (January 2017): 45-66.
2. Dillon, Eleanor Wiske
Smith, Jeffrey A.
Determinants of Mismatch Between Student Ability and College Quality
Presented: Detroit MI, Population Association of America Annual Meeting, April 2009.
Also: http://paa2009.princeton.edu/download.aspx?submissionId=91536
Cohort(s): NLSY97
Publisher: Population Association of America
Keyword(s): Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB); College Characteristics; College Education; School Completion; School Progress; Schooling, Post-secondary; Test Scores/Test theory/IRT

Permission to reprint the abstract has not been received from the publisher.

For many people a college education is one of the most significant investment decisions they will make, both in terms of the costs of going to college and of the potential returns to that investment. We consider how students and their families make the decision of which, if any, college they will attend. While most college-bound students attend a school whose quality is fairly proportional to the student's ability, there are many relatively weak students at competitive schools and even more high-ability students at relatively low quality schools.

A poor match between student and school characteristics can have a number of negative consequences for the student. Workers receive an extra wage premium for attending a high quality college, so a student who attends a school for which she is overqualified may be foregoing some of her potential returns to attending college. Students who are over- or under-qualified for their school may be less likely to graduate and more likely to transfer or take extra time to complete their degree.

Bibliography Citation
Dillon, Eleanor Wiske and Jeffrey A. Smith. "Determinants of Mismatch Between Student Ability and College Quality." Presented: Detroit MI, Population Association of America Annual Meeting, April 2009.
3. Dillon, Eleanor Wiske
Smith, Jeffrey A.
The Consequences of Academic Match Between Students and Colleges
Working Paper No 25069, National Bureau of Economic Research, September 2018.
Also: http://www.nber.org/papers/w25069
Cohort(s): NLSY79, NLSY97
Publisher: National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Keyword(s): College Enrollment; Earnings; Educational Outcomes; STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)

We consider the effects of student ability, college quality, and the interaction between the two on academic outcomes and earnings using data on two cohorts of college enrollees. Student ability and college quality strongly improve degree completion and earnings for all students. We find evidence of meaningful complementarity between student ability and college quality in degree completion at four years and long-term earnings, but not in degree completion at six years or STEM degree completion. This complementarity implies some tradeoff between equity and efficiency for policies that move lower ability students to higher quality colleges.
Bibliography Citation
Dillon, Eleanor Wiske and Jeffrey A. Smith. "The Consequences of Academic Match Between Students and Colleges." Working Paper No 25069, National Bureau of Economic Research, September 2018.
4. Dillon, Eleanor Wiske
Smith, Jeffrey A.
The Determinants of Mismatch Between Students and Colleges
Working Paper No. 19286, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), August 2013.
Also: http://www.nber.org/papers/w19286
Cohort(s): NLSY97
Publisher: National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Keyword(s): Armed Forces Qualifications Test (AFQT); College Characteristics; College Education; School Completion; School Progress; Schooling, Post-secondary; Test Scores/Test theory/IRT

We use the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 cohort to examine mismatch between student ability and college quality. Mismatch has implications for the design of state higher education systems and for student aid policy. The data indicate substantial amounts of both undermatch (high ability students at low quality colleges) and overmatch (low ability students at high quality colleges). Student application and enrollment decisions, rather than college admission decisions, drive most mismatch. Financial constraints, information, and the public college options facing each student all affect the probability of mismatch. More informed students attend higher quality colleges, even when doing so involves overmatching.
Bibliography Citation
Dillon, Eleanor Wiske and Jeffrey A. Smith. "The Determinants of Mismatch Between Students and Colleges." Working Paper No. 19286, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), August 2013.
5. Smith, Jeffrey A.
Dillon, Eleanor Wiske
Mismatch Between Students and Colleges: Evidence from the NLSY-97
Presented: San Francisco, CA, Allied Social Science Associations Annual Meeting, January 3-5, 2009
Cohort(s): NLSY97
Publisher: Society of Government Economists (SGE)
Keyword(s): College Characteristics; College Enrollment

Permission to reprint the abstract has not been received from the publisher.

Bibliography Citation
Smith, Jeffrey A. and Eleanor Wiske Dillon. "Mismatch Between Students and Colleges: Evidence from the NLSY-97." Presented: San Francisco, CA, Allied Social Science Associations Annual Meeting, January 3-5, 2009.