Title

The Effects of the Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship on College Enrollment and Completion

Publication Date

8-23-2021

Source

Journal of Human Resources 56(1): 269-310

Abstract

We estimate the effects on postsecondary education outcomes of the Kalamazoo Promise, a generous, place-based college scholarship. We identify Promise effects using two forms of difference-in-differences: (i) comparing eligible to ineligible graduates before and after the Promise’s initiation and (ii) comparing the treated district to comparison districts before and after the Promise’s initiation. According to our estimates, the Promise increases college enrollment and credential attainment. Stronger effects occur for women. The results also provide suggestive but less precise evidence that Promise effects extend to disadvantaged groups.

DOI

10.3368/jhr.56.1.0416-7824R4

Publisher

University of Wisconsin Press

Sponsorship

William T. Grant Foundation

Subject Areas

EDUCATION; Postsecondary education; Postsecondary access; Promise scholarships

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Citation

Bartik, Timothy J., Brad J. Hershbein, and Marta Lachowska. 2021. "The Effects of the Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship on College Enrollment and Completion." Journal of Human Resources, 56(1): 269-310. https://doi.org/10.3368/jhr.56.1.0416-7824R4