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Factors affecting initial enrollment intensity: part-time versus full-time enrollment

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Economics of Education Review Volume 23, Number 2 ISSN 0272-7757 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


We develop a model derived from human capital theory that explicitly recognizes the role of opportunity costs, particularly employment opportunities, in determining full-time/part-time enrollment patterns for college students. Using national data from the 1990/1994 Beginning Post-secondary Survey, we test this model by comparing those initially enrolled part-time with those initially enrolled full-time. Empirical results are consistent with the conceptual model, indicating that, contingent upon the decision to attend college, individuals who are older or live in states with lower unemployment rates are significantly more likely to enroll part-time.


Stratton, L.S., O’Toole, D.M. & Wetzel, J.N. Factors affecting initial enrollment intensity: part-time versus full-time enrollment. Economics of Education Review, 23(2), 167-175. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved December 2, 2020 from .

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