CSMGEP Dissertation Session
Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
- Chair: Kalena E. Cortes, Texas A&M University
Impact of Financial Education Mandates on Economically Disadvantaged Students’ Postsecondary Decisions
AbstractEconomically disadvantaged students borrow more to finance postsecondary education and attend riskier institutions than their wealthier counterparts. One often discussed policy solution is mandated financial education in schools; however, previous research is mixed as to the success of this mandated education in improving financial capability. Employing data on institutional quality and student finances, I use difference-in-differences to exploit cross-state and student-cohort variation in financial education mandates to assess how these mandates impact postsecondary decisions. I preliminarily find that mandated students made better college and financing decisions than non-mandated students. However, these effects are heterogeneous and are driven by non-disadvantaged students.
The Performance of State Charter Virtual Schools in Georgia
AbstractVirtual schools’ enrollment has continuously risen in the United States. Although there is an increased demand for virtual schools, the evidence of their success is mixed and little is known about the impact of full-time virtual schools on students’ academic and nonacademic outcomes. This paper addresses the lacuna in the literature by establishing a causal link between student performance and virtual school attendance. I use a longitudinal dataset composed of individual-level information on all public-school students and teachers throughout Georgia. I will implement a variety of regression models that deal with the issue of potential self-selection into virtual schools.
Historical Lynchings and Contemporary Voting Behavior of Blacks
AbstractUsing contemporary county-level voter registration data, this study examines the extent to which political participation of blacks can be traced to historical lynchings that took place between 1882 and 1930. The results show that southern counties that experienced a higher number of historical lynchings have lower current voter participation among blacks. This relationship holds after accounting for a variety of historical and contemporary characteristics of counties. The results strengthen when lynchings are instrumented with historical measures of environmental suitability for growing cotton.
- I2 - Education and Research Institutions
- J1 - Demographic Economics