CHERI was established in the fall of 1998 to provide a vehicle for interdisciplinary research on higher education. Faculty and administrators affiliated with CHERI come from 5 different Cornell colleges and other academic institutions around the world. CHERI's current research interests include the implications of the growing dispersion of wealth across academic institutions, the growing costs and importance of science to universities, the financial challenges facing public higher education, the changing nature of the faculty, governance in academic institutions, improving PhD programs in the humanities and associated social sciences, improving persistance rates in STEM Field majors, and reducing inequality in access to higher education. CHERI is funded by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Atlantic Philanthropies (USA) Inc., the TIAA-CREF Institute, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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Manuscripts from 2019

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The Evolution of the US Family Income-Schooling Relationship and Educational Selectivity, Christian Belzil and Jorgen Hansen

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Isolating Peer Effects in the Returns to College Selectivity, Nicolas de Roux and Evan Riehl

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Fairness in College Admission Exams: From Test Score Gaps to Earnings Equality, Evan Riehl

Manuscripts from 2018

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The Awkward Economics of Private Liberal Arts Colleges, John P. Caskey

Manuscripts from 2017

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Admissions, Financial Aid, and Development Policies, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Nancy Zimpher: Perceptions from an “Unusual” SUNY Trustee, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Challenges Facing “Pay-What-You-Can-Afford” Tuitions at Public Universities, Gary Fethke

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In Pursuit of a Tenure-Track Faculty Position: Career Progression and Satisfaction of Humanities and Social Sciences Doctorates, Joyce B. Main, Sarah Prenovitz, and Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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An Evaluation of The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship's Effect on PhD Production at Non-UNCF Institutions, Sarah J. Prenovitz, Gary R. Cohen, Ronald G. Ehrenberg, and George H. Jakubson

Manuscripts from 2016

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Estimating the Value of Higher Education Financial Aid: Evidence from a Field Experiment, Christian Belzil, Arnaud Maurel, and Modibo Sidibé

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Increasing the Share of Female Faculty within Humanities Departments: Does the Gender of University Leaders Matter?, Cassandra M. Benson, Todd R. Jones, Sarah J. Prenovitz, and Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Producing Humanities PhDs among BAs at Doctoral Institutions, Todd R. Jones and Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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The Impact of Mass Layoffs on the Educational Investments of Working College Students, Ben Ost, Weixiang Pan, and Doug Webber

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The Returns to College Persistence for Marginal Students: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from University Dismissal Policies, Ben Ost, Weixiang Pan, and Doug Webber

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The Impact of Laptop Use in the College Classroom, Richard W. Patterson and Robert M. Patterson

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Adjusting College Cost Figures for Non-credit Enrollments, Richard M. Romano, Rita J. Kirshstein, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Willard Hom

Manuscripts from 2015

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Achievably-Efficient Enrollments Using High Tuition-High Aid in Public Higher Education, Gary Fethke

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Explaining Racial Differences in Post-College Aspirations: Evidence from the NLSF, Amanda L. Griffith, Gary R. Cohen, and Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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The Effect of Institutional Expenditures on Employment Outcomes and Earnings, Amanda L. Griffith and Kevin N. Rask

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Do Administrators’ Disciplinary Backgrounds Influence Humanities Departments’ Staffing Patterns?, Todd R. Jones, Sarah J. Prenovitz, Cassandra M. Benson, and Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Can Behavioral Tools Improve Online Student Outcomes? Experimental Evidence from a Massive Open Online Course, Richard W. Patterson

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Are College Costs Worth it? How Individual Ability, Major Choice, and Debt Affect Optimal Schooling Decisions, Douglas A. Webber

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Risk-Sharing and Student Loan Policy: Consequences for Students and Institutions, Douglas A. Webber

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Changing Faculty Employment at Four-Year Colleges and Universities in the United States, Liang Zhang, Ronald G. Ehrenberg, and Xiangmin Liu

Manuscripts from 2014

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Coauthors and Collaborations, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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What’s The Future of Public Higher Education? A Review Essay on Public No More: A New Path to Excellence for America’s Public Universities, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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The Impact of Labor Demand on Time to the Doctorate, Jeffrey A. Groen

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University Endowment Growth: Assessing Policy Proposals, Ross T. Milton and Ronald G. Ehrenberg

Manuscripts from 2013

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The Other Debt Crisis, Ronald G. Ehrenberg and Ross T. Milton

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Boundary Spanning in Academia: Antecedents and Near-Term Consequences of Academic Entrepreneurialism, Kevin M. Kniffen and Andrew S. Hanks

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Revisiting Gladwell’s Hockey Players: Influence of Relative Age Effects upon Earning the PhD, Kevin M. Kniffin and Andrew S. Hanks

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The Impact of Letter Grades on Student Course Selection and Major Choice: Evidence from a Regression-Discontinuity Design, Joyce Main and Ben Ost

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Decomposing the Dispersion of Higher Education Endowments, Ross T. Milton and Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Institutional Variation in Enrollment of Low-Income Students: The Role of Prices, Financial Aid Policies and Selectivity, James Monks

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Revenue Shares and Monopsonistic Behavior in Intercollegiate Athletics, James Monks

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The Lifetime Earnings Premia of Different Majors: Correcting for Selection Based on Cognitive, Noncognitive, and Unobserved Factors, Douglas A. Webber

Manuscripts from 2012

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Is the Golden Age of the Private Research University Over?, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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The Determinants of Electronic Textbook Use Among College Students, Jon R. Miller, Andrew W. Nutting, and Lori Baker-Eveleth

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The Role of Tuition, Financial Aid Policies, and Student Outcomes on Average Student Debt, James Monks

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Are Cost Conscious Community Colleges Sacrificing Quality?, Richard M. Romano

Manuscripts from 2011

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American Law Schools in a Time of Transition, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Independent Colleges and Universities in a Time of Transition, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Looking Behind Community College Budgets for Future Policy Considerations, Richard M. Romano

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The Cornell Staff Retirement Incentive Program, Kenneth T. Whelan, Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Kevin Hallock, and Ronald L. Seeber

Manuscripts from 2010

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Analysis of the Workforce and Workplace for Rheumatology, and the Research Activities of Rheumatologists Early in their Careers, Claude Desjardins, E. William St. Clair, and Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Analysis of the Workforce and Workplace for Rheumatology, and the Research Activities of Rheumatologists Early in Their Careers, Claude Desjardins, E. William St. Clair, and Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Financing and Restructuring Doctoral Education in the Future, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Financing and Restructuring Doctoral Education in the Future, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Rethinking the Professoriate, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Do Trustees and Administrators Matter? Diversifying the Faculty Across Gender Lines, Ronald G. Ehrenberg, George H. Jakubson, Mirinda L. Martin, Joyce B. Main, and Thomas Eisenberg

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Persistence of Women and Minorities in STEM Field Majors: Is it the School That Matters?, Amanda L. Griffith

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Organize to Organize: The Case of a Successful Long-Haul Campaign for Collective Bargaining Rights, Kevin M. Kniffin

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Who Succeeds in STEM Studies? An Analysis of Binghamton University Undergraduate Students, Edward C. Kokkelenberg and Eshna Sinha

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Governor’s Choice: Gender Composition of Trustee Boards at Public Universities, Mirinda L. Martin

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The Impact of Class Size and Number of Students on Outcomes in Higher Education, James Monks and Robert Schmidt

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Differences in Persistence Patterns Between Life and Physical Science Majors: The Role of Grades, Peers, and Preparation, Ben Ost

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The Effect of Instructor Race and Gender on Student Persistence in STEM Fields, Joshua Price

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Attrition in STEM Fields at a Liberal Arts College: The Importance of Grades and Pre-Collegiate Preferences, Kevin Rask

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Using the Community College to Control College Costs: How Much Cheaper Is It?, Richard M. Romano and Yenni M. Djajalaksana

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Measuring the Cost of a College Degree: A Case Study of a SUNY Community College, Richard M. Romano, Regina Losinger, and Tim Millard

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Expenditures and Postsecondary Graduation: An Investigation Using Individual-Level Data from the State of Ohio, Douglas A. Webber

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Do Expenditures Other Than Instructional Expenditures Affect Graduation and Persistence Rates in American Higher Education, Douglas A. Webber and Ronald G. Ehrenberg

Manuscripts from 2009

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The Scope and Scale of Clinical Research Accomplished by Rheumatologists Early in Their Careers, Claude Desjardins, E. William St. Clair M.D., and Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Demystifying Endowments, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Keeping up With the Joneses: Institutional Changes Following the Adoption of a Merit Aid Policy, Amanda L. Griffith

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Building Knowledge Stocks: The Role of State Higher-Education Policies, Jeffrey A. Groen

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Job Stability Among U.S. University Presidents, James Monks

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How Do Teachers Improve? The Relative Importance of Specific and General Human Capital, Ben Ost

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The Effects of Higher Admission Standards on NCAA Student-Athletes: An Analysis of Proposition 16, Joshua Price

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Recent Trends in Funding for the Academic Humanities and Their Implications, Harriet Zuckerman and Ronald G. Ehrenberg

Manuscripts from 2008

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Last Lecture, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Highly Cited Leaders and the Performance of Research Universities, Amanda H. Goodall

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Determinants of Grades, Persistence and Major Choice for Low-Income and Minority Students, Amanda L. Griffith

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The Efficiency of Private Universities As Measured By Graduation Rates, Edward C. Kokkelenberg, Eshna Sinha, John D. Porter, and Gary L. Blose

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Community College Transfer Students’ Probabilities of Baccalaureate Receipt as a Function of their Prevalence in Four-Year Colleges and Departments, Andrew W. Nutting

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Can We Test for Bias in Scientific Peer-Review?, Andrew J. Oswald

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Mortality and Immortality: The Nobel Prizes as an Experiment Into the Effect of Status Upon Longevity, Matthew D. Rablen and Andrew J. Oswald

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College Football Games and Crime, Daniel I. Rees and Kevin T. Schnepel

Manuscripts from 2007

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Policy Considerations for Enhancing Student Access and Persistence in a World in Which Tuition Keeps Rising, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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The Economics of Tuition and Fees in American Higher Education, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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The Future of Government Financing of Higher Education, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Can’t Get Here from There: The Decision to Apply to a Selective Institution, Amanda L. Griffith and Donna S. Rothstein

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A Little Now for a Lot Later: A Look at a Texas Advanced Placement Incentive Program, Clement (Kirabo) Jackson

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Diffusion of Common Application Membership and Admissions Outcomes at American Colleges and Universities, Albert Yung-Hsu Liu, Ronald G. Ehrenberg, and Jesenka Mrdjenovic

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What Determines Employment of Part-Time Faculty in Higher Education Institutions?, Xiangmin Liu and Liang Zhang

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The Cost of Crafting a Class: (In)Efficient Financial Aid Allocation at Two Private Colleges, Robert E. Martin, Randy Campbell, and Michael J. Rizzo

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The Impact of Merit Based Financial Aid and Price Illusion on College Enrollment: A Field Experiment, James Monks

Manuscripts from 2006

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Doctoral Education and Academic Research (in India), Arkadev Chatterjea and Satya P. Moulik

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Transfer College Quality and Student Performance, Angela K. Dills and Rey Hernández-Julián

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Equity and Efficiency of Community College Appropriations: The Role of Local Financing, Alicia C. Dowd and John L. Grant

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The Graduate Education Initiative: Description and Preliminary Findings, Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Harriet Zuckerman, Jeffrey Groen, and Sharon M. Brucker

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Does it Take an Expert to Lead Experts? An Empirical Study of Business School Deans, Amanda H. Goodall

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The Effects of Class Size on Student Grades at a Public University, Edward C. Kokkelenberg, Michael Dillon, and Sean M. Christy

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Understanding the Racial Disparity in Graduation Rates at a Large Ivy League University, Marquise J. McGraw

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Money Changes Everything: Funding Shocks and Optimal Admissions and Financial Aid Policies in Higher Education, Matthew G. Nagler

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Does a Spouse Slow You Down? Marriage and Graduate Student Outcomes, Joseph Price

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Gender Differences in the Response to Competition, Joseph Price

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Citizenship, Gender, and Racial Differences in the Publishing Success Of Graduate Students and Young Academics, Joseph Price and Joshua Price

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Does Public Funding for Higher Education Matter?, Liang Zhang

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Faculty Employment and R&D Expenditures at Research Universities, Liang Zhang and Ronald G. Ehrenberg