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TOPIC: The Myth of the Ivy League

The Myth of the Ivy League 05 Dec 2011 18:04 #1

By Lynn O’Shaughnessy
Do you need to graduate from an Ivy League school or other ultra elite college to earn the highest salaries?

Many families believe that graduates who can put Princeton or Yale on their resume will fare significantly better financially than smart students who end up earning their degrees from elsewhere.

In a famous study, two economists tackled this question about a decade ago and concluded that Ivy League graduates did not enjoy an earnings advantage monopoly. The same economists—Alan Krueger at Princeton and Stacy Dale at Mathematica Policy Research— revisited the question with even more compelling data that led them earlier this year to draw even stronger conclusion.
Updating a Landmark Study on the Ivies

To appreciate the researchers’ latest findings, you need to understand why the original study, which has been cited repeatedly over the years, caused such a commotion. In the first study, the economists noted that students who graduated from elite schools like Swarthmore College and University of Pennsylvania earned higher salaries than students from less selective schools. This conclusion was no different from conventional wisdom.

Here, however, is what was explosive: Dale and Krueger concluded that students, who were accepted into elite schools, but went to less selective institutions, earned salaries just as high as Ivy League grads. For instance, if a teenager gained entry to Harvard, but ended up attending Penn State, his or her salary prospects would be the same.
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Last Edit: 05 Dec 2011 18:07 by karenm.
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