ProPelled: The Effects of Grants on Graduation and Earnings

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Early Career Research Award


We will explore the effect of additional grant aid for poor students on college graduation and post college earnings. We will exploit a sharp change in the generosity of grants for college students that varies with family income in a regression discontinuity framework. We will use administrative education and earnings data from Texas to explore the longer-term effects of grants. Further, we develop a sufficient statistic approach to assess whether the generosity of the grants should be increased.

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ProPelled: The Effects of Grants on Graduation, Earnings, and Welfare
NBER working paper No. 23860, September 2017