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Student Research Paper

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Fall 2019

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Increased media attention on college crime, specifically sexual assault, has led to greater prioritization of campus safety when deciding whether to continue attending a college. This, coupled with society’s view of a four-year college education as a necessity to succeed in the labor market, creates a potential tradeoff between safety on campus and future employment success. To analyze such tradeoff, I use data from the US Department of Education from 2014 to 2017 to examine whether college campus sexual assault at four-year American institutions impacts retention rates. Such results have implications for college policies to combat sexual assault on campus not only to keep students safe, but to prevent students from transferring or dropping out which could curb institutional money flow. Using an OLS model that addresses typical difficulties associated with time series work, I find that college campus sexual assault decreases retention rates at a statistically significant level, implying that college students value their safety at school more than any potential change in their future job market success due to transferring or dropping out.


Written for ECON 352: Advanced Econometrics.

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