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Can Student Loans Improve Accessibility to Higher Education and Student Performance? An Impact Study of the Case of SOFES, Mexico

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dc.contributor.author Blom, Andreas
dc.contributor.author Canton, Erik
dc.date.accessioned 2013-06-26T17:31:53Z
dc.date.available 2013-06-26T17:31:53Z
dc.date.issued 2004-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10986/14212
dc.description.abstract Financial aid to students in tertiary education can contribute to human capital accumulation through two channels: increased enrollment and improved student performance. We analyze the quantitative importance of both channels in the context of a student loan program (SOFES) implemented at private universities in Mexico. With regard to the first channel, enrollment, results from the Mexican household survey indicate that financial support has a strong positive effect on university enrollment. Given completion of upper secondary education, the probability of entering higher education rises 24 percent. Two data sources are used to investigate the second channel, student performance. Administrative data provided by SOFES are analyzed using a regression-discontinuity design, and survey data enable us to perform a similar analysis using a different control group. Empirical results suggest that SOFES recipients show better academic performance than students without a credit from SOFES. However, the results cannot be interpreted as a purely causal impact of the student loan program, since the impacts also could reflect (self-) selection of students. en
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher World Bank, Washington, D.C.
dc.relation.ispartofseries Policy Research Working Paper;No.3425
dc.rights CC BY 3.0 IGO
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo/
dc.subject LATIN AMERICAN
dc.subject EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
dc.subject ENROLLMENT RATE
dc.subject EDUCATIONAL INVESTMENTS
dc.subject INCOME LEVELS
dc.subject MARGINAL COST
dc.subject UNEMPLOYMENT
dc.subject WORKERS
dc.subject APTITUDES
dc.subject ACCREDITATION
dc.subject CRIME
dc.subject INTERVENTIONS
dc.subject ENROLLMENT RATES
dc.subject SECONDARY EDUCATION
dc.subject ELASTICITIES
dc.subject STUDENT ENROLLMENT
dc.subject LEISURE
dc.subject FAMILY INCOME
dc.subject AGED
dc.subject LET
dc.subject STUDENT LOANS
dc.subject EQUILIBRIUM
dc.subject TERTIARY EDUCATION
dc.subject FAMILIES
dc.subject SCHOOLING
dc.subject TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE
dc.subject ECONOMIC GROWTH
dc.subject ENROLLMENT
dc.subject PRIMARY SCHOOL
dc.subject PAPERS
dc.subject STUDENT AID
dc.subject WAGES
dc.subject EDUCATION SECTOR
dc.subject CALL
dc.subject ECONOMISTS
dc.subject FINANCIAL RESOURCES
dc.subject INNOVATION
dc.subject SCHOOLS
dc.subject COMMERCIAL BANKS
dc.subject PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS
dc.subject ADVERSE SELECTION
dc.subject ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
dc.subject STUDENT PERFORMANCE
dc.subject SUBJECT AREAS
dc.subject PARENTS
dc.subject INFLATION
dc.subject STUDENT BEHAVIOR
dc.subject MOTIVATION
dc.subject PUBLIC SCHOOLS
dc.subject EXTERNALITIES
dc.subject INTERVENTION
dc.subject INSURANCE
dc.subject SCREENING
dc.subject UNIVERSITIES
dc.subject STUDENT FINANCIAL AID
dc.subject ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
dc.title Can Student Loans Improve Accessibility to Higher Education and Student Performance? An Impact Study of the Case of SOFES, Mexico en
dc.rights.holder World Bank


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