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The Review of Higher Education
This study analyzes data from the NELS:92/00 to explore sex, racial/ethnic, and socioeconomic group differences in the benefits that high school graduates realize from college. Sex differences in higher education benefits may be a source of observed differences between women and men in college enrollment and degree attainment rates. The findings also suggest that observed racial/ethnic and SES group differences in college enrollment cannot be attributed to actual differences in higher education's economic and non-economic benefits, as some benefits are greater for African Americans than for Whites and benefits generally do not vary by SES.
Copyright © 2005 Association for the Study of Higher Education. This article first appeared in The Review of Higher Education Volume 29: Number 1 (2005), pp. 23-52. Reprinted with permission by Johns Hopkins University Press.
Perna, L. W. (2005). The Benefits of Higher Education: Sex, Racial/Ethnic, and Socioeconomic Group Differences. The Review of Higher Education, 29 (1), 23-52. http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/rhe.2005.0073
Date Posted: 25 May 2016
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