Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/110147
Authors: 
Sjoquist, David L.
Winters, John V.
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8875
Abstract: 
There is growing concern in the U.S. that the nation is producing too few college graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and there is a desire to understand how various policies affect college major decisions. This paper first uses student administrative records from the University System of Georgia to examine whether Georgia's HOPE Scholarship has affected students' college major decisions, with a focus on STEM majors. We find consistent evidence that HOPE reduced the likelihood that a USG student earned a degree with a major in a STEM field. The paper explores alternative reasons why HOPE reduced the likelihood of earning a STEM major.
Subjects: 
merit aid
HOPE Scholarship
college major
STEM
JEL: 
I23
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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