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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 IV of the Add Health survey, respondents were asked if they had received a bachelor’s degree. Respondents who answered in the affirmative were then asked to report the institution from which they received this degree. Using the institution from which they received their bachelor’s degree, 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 C4FIN01-C4MAJ08, 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). In some cases, there is overlap between these variables and the variables in the Wave IV College Characteristics (IPEDS4) dataset; however, in contrast to the IPEDS4 dataset, these overlapping variables in the College Mobility dataset are not matched to the year in which the respondent graduated. For variables that do overlap, it is advisable to use the version in the IPEDS4 dataset, as this information has been matched to the graduating class of the Add Health respondents. Further information on these variables can be found in the Appendix. For all variables there were some instances where colleges were grouped together, such as 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. The variable C4DSC06 is a flag for respondents who went to an institution that was grouped with other institutions.
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