Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/229571
Authors: 
Bulman, George
Fairlie, Robert W.
Goodman, Sarena
Isen, Adam
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper No. 8753
Abstract: 
We examine U.S. children whose parents won the lottery to trace out the effect of financial resources on college attendance. The analysis leverages federal tax and financial aid records and substantial variation in win size and timing. While per-dollar effects are modest, the relationship is weakly concave, with a high upper bound for amounts greatly exceeding college costs. Effects are smaller among low-SES households, not sensitive to how early in adolescence the shock occurs, and not moderated by financial aid crowd-out. The results imply that households derive consumption value from college and household financial constraints alone do not inhibit attendance.
Subjects: 
college
attendance
parental resources
financial constraints
lottery winnings
administrative data
JEL: 
I20
I22
I24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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