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Project Citation: 

Cohodes, Sarah R., and Goodman, Joshua S. Replication data for: Merit Aid, College Quality, and College Completion: Massachusetts’ Adams Scholarship as an In-Kind Subsidy. Nashville, TN: American Economic Association [publisher], 2014. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2019-10-12.

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Summary:  View help for Summary We analyze a Massachusetts merit aid program that gives highscoring students tuition waivers at in-state public colleges with lower graduation rates than available alternative colleges. A regression discontinuity design comparing students just above and below the eligibility threshold finds that students are remarkably willing to forgo college quality and that scholarship use actually lowered college completion rates. These results suggest that college quality affects college completion rates. The theoretical prediction that inking subsidies of public institutions can reduce consumption of the subsidized good is shown to be empirically important.

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      H75 State and Local Government: Health; Education; Welfare; Public Pensions
      I22 Educational Finance; Financial Aid
      I23 Higher Education; Research Institutions
      I28 Education: Government Policy

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