Three Essays on Education Policy

Empirical Analyses of the Challenges and Opportunities with For-Profit Colleges, Military Enlistment and Immigration

by Alessandro Malchiodi

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This dissertation comprises three essays that empirically examine the educational outcomes of for-profit college students, military enlistees and immigrant youth. All of these are groups of "non-average" students that, in different contexts, pose challenges to the traditional provision of education. Therefore, their outcomes need to be studied in order to assess the need and room for public policy measures to intervene.

Table of Contents

  • Essay 1:

    Academic and Early Labor Market Outcomes of For-Profit College Students in the U.S.

  • Essay 2:

    The Effect of Military Enlistment on Education

  • Essay 3

    Home-Country Academic Quality, Time Spent in the U.S., and the Math Achievement of Immigrant High School Students

  • Appendix 1:

    Countries of Origin with Less than 20 Students

  • Appendix 2:

    States with Favorable Tuition and Financial Aid State Policies for Undocumented Immigrants

  • Appendix 3:

    Detailed Regression Results

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This document was submitted as a dissertation in December 2013 in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the doctoral degree in public policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. The faculty committee that supervised and approved the dissertation consisted of Paco Martorell (Chair), Robert Bozick, and Trey Miller.

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