Longer-Term Effects of the Kalamazoo Promise: College Enrollment, Persistence, and Completion

Project Dates

06/15/2014 -


This project will examine the effects of the Kalamazoo Promise on college enrollment, persistence, and completion using merged administrative data sources. The study will employ two approaches for identification: (1) differences-in-differences between eligible and non-eligible students before and after the Promise with and without inverse-probability treatment weights, and (2) propensity score matching of students from neighboring school districts. The study will explore standard heterogeneous treatments by gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status as well as by high school grades and standardized test scores. The study will aim to characterize how the distribution of high school graduates attending college changed as well as how the distribution of colleges attended changed. The project will discuss how the implications of our results for the possibility of place-based scholarships to promote educational opportunity. Project output will include a working paper intended for peer-reviewed publication and one or more issue briefs. There may be an opportunity to pursue additional funding going forward.


W.E. Upjohn Institute

Subject Area

EDUCATION; K-12 Education; Postsecondary education; Promise scholarships