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American Economic Journal: Applied Economics: Vol. 2 No. 1 (January 2010)

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The Changing Consequences of Attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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Fryer, Roland G., and Michael Greenstone. 2010. "The Changing Consequences of Attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2(1): 116-48.

DOI: 10.1257/app.2.1.116

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Using nationally representative data files from 1970s and 1990s college attendees, we find that in the 1970s matriculation at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) was associated with higher wages and an increased probability of graduation, relative to attending a traditionally white institution. By the 1990s, there is a wage penalty resulting in a 20 percent decline in the relative wages of HBCU graduates between the two decades. There is modest support for the possibility that the relative decline in wages associated with HBCU matriculation is partially due to improvements in TWIs' effectiveness at educating blacks. (JEL I23, J15, J24, J31)

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Fryer, Roland G. (Harvard U)
Greenstone, Michael (MIT)

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I23: Higher Education and Research Institutions
J15: Economics of Minorities and Races; Non-labor Discrimination
J24: Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
J31: Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials

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