Student Services Spending and Competition between Colleges
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Economics Undergraduate Research Theses; 2018
Competition between colleges for top students continues to increase, with continued focus on college rankings and reputation amongst students. This increased competition between colleges could be reflected in the spending behavior of universities. Specifically, Universities may spend less on non-instructional or academic areas, while spending more on student services in order to attract top students. This paper seeks to identify trends in student services spending since 1985 by analyzing variables that may be predictive of student services spending. OLS regressions identify variables such as distance from nearest top 50 college, region, and college type, which help explain the student services spending behavior of universities.
Academic Major: Economics