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Is there an economic payoff to online adult higher education? The case of the open University of Catalonia (UOC)

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This paper estimates the economic returns to adult learners pursuing degrees at a large, European virtual university, the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). We make these estimates within the context of the more general returns to higher education in Spain, testing the hypothesis that even working adults in their thirties taking courses and obtaining degrees can make improve their jobs and make significant earnings gains as a result of the knowledge or certification they obtain from this investment. The study analyzes several cohorts of students (those who entered in 2000-2003) studying in the UOC and estimates changes in their earnings compared to changes that would have normally occurred because of increased seniority. The study also analyzes the relative effect on earnings of different courses of study in the UOC. We find that the younger students studying on line are most likely to make earnings gains as a result of their studies, and even these may not be larger than those associated with average gains in the market associated with more experience. We also find that certain courses of study are associated with much higher earnings increases than others.
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Carnoy, Martin., Jarillo, Brenda., Castano-Munoz, Jonatan., Duart, Josep. and Sancho Vinuesa, Teresa. "Is there an economic payoff to online adult higher education? The case of the open University of Catalonia (UOC)" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p492655_index.html>

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Carnoy, M. , Jarillo, B. , Castano-Munoz, J. , Duart, J. M. and Sancho Vinuesa, T. "Is there an economic payoff to online adult higher education? The case of the open University of Catalonia (UOC)" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p492655_index.html

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Abstract: This paper estimates the economic returns to adult learners pursuing degrees at a large, European virtual university, the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). We make these estimates within the context of the more general returns to higher education in Spain, testing the hypothesis that even working adults in their thirties taking courses and obtaining degrees can make improve their jobs and make significant earnings gains as a result of the knowledge or certification they obtain from this investment. The study analyzes several cohorts of students (those who entered in 2000-2003) studying in the UOC and estimates changes in their earnings compared to changes that would have normally occurred because of increased seniority. The study also analyzes the relative effect on earnings of different courses of study in the UOC. We find that the younger students studying on line are most likely to make earnings gains as a result of their studies, and even these may not be larger than those associated with average gains in the market associated with more experience. We also find that certain courses of study are associated with much higher earnings increases than others.


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