Wave III College Mobility Data Documentation Public Deposited

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  • April 15, 2020
  • Gaydosh, Lauren
    • Affiliation: Carolina Population Center
  • Belsky, Daniel W.
    • Affiliation: Carolina Population Center
  • Reason, Max
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology
  • Hargrove, Taylor W.
  • At Wave III of the Add Health survey, respondents were asked if they were currently enrolled in a postsecondary institution. Respondents who answered in the affirmative were then asked to report the institution in which they were currently enrolled. Using this information on current enrollment, data from the Mobility Report Card: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility (Chetty 2017) were linked to the Add Health respondents. For variables C4CMR01-C4CMR11M, data came from the Preferred Estimates of Access and Mobility by College dataset (Chetty et al. 2017). These data were collected from a sample of college students who were born between 1980 and 1982 and who attended a college or university in the early 2000’s. These students were between the ages of 19 and 22 at the time of their entry into college. Further information on how the original researchers collected the data for these variables can be found here: http://www.equality-of-opportunity.org/data/college/Codebook%20MRC%20Table%201.pdf For variables C3FIN01-C3MAJ08, Chetty and colleagues drew these data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Information for each of these variables were collected for the years 2000 and 2013 (unless otherwise stated). For all variables there were some instances where colleges were grouped together, for instance when multiple colleges made up a State University-System. For these colleges, data values for the variables are enrollment-weighted means of the underlying values for each of the colleges being grouped together. Though the variables available on the College Mobility data at Wave III are the same as those on the College Mobility data at Wave IV, the way in which respondents were asked to self-report college or university attendance was different between the two waves, and interpretation of these contextual data is slightly different as a result. At Wave III, respondents were asked to report if they were currently enrolled in a college of university, and information on the institution in which they were currently enrolled was collected. Information on institutions was collected regardless of the degree that the respondent was currently seeking. At Wave IV, respondents were asked to report the name of the college or university from which they received a degree. Additionally, this question was only asked if respondents reported receiving a bachelor’s degree. See “Documentation for College Mobility Data: Wave IV” (Gaydosh et al. 2019) for more information on linked college- and university-level data for this wave. In addition to the data available here, previously created contextual data on Wave III postsecondary institutions is also available. See “Wave III Education Data: Postsecondary Contextual Component Codebook” (Riegel-Crumb et al. 2008) for further information.
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