Estimating the Returns to Higher Education Using Administrative Data: A Case Study of the University of Hawai`i System

Read the summary blog post.

What is the value of a degree from the University of Hawai`i (UH)? While college tuition has significantly increased
nationally, tuition within the UH system has become more affordable over the last ten years when adjusted for inflation. Despite this improved affordability, college enrollment rates among Hawai‘i’s public school graduates have declined since the COVID-19 pandemic, with approximately 500 fewer graduates entering higher education each year. This report utilizes administrative data from the census of UH students to offer high-quality estimates of the economic returns to an investment in a college degree from the UH. Below, we outline our key findings.

Statewide Longitudinal Data System – Public Domain Clearinghouse

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization (UHERO) welcomes online comments to stories that are posted on our website or social media pages. Comments are intended to be a forum for open, respectful, and family-friendly discussion. UHERO reserves the right to remove anything posted on our website or social media pages that is deemed inappropriate. All comments are moderated and will therefore have a delayed post time.
Some guidelines (not an exhaustive list) we use when moderating/approving comments include:

  • Do not bully, intimidate, or harass any user.
  • Do not post content that is hateful, threatening or wildly off-topic; or do anything unlawful, malicious, discriminatory or defamatory.
  • Observe confidentiality laws at all times.
  • Do not post spam or advertisements.
  • Observe fair use, copyright and disclosure laws.
  • Do not use vulgar language or profanity.

UHERO may amend this policy from time to time.