Dynarski study finds women more likely to attend college than men

April 14, 2012

Bloomberg News referenced a study co-authored by Susan M. Dynarski in an article that examines why more men have not pursued college degrees to boost their employment prospects.

Dynarski, an associate professor at the Ford School and School of Education, co-authored the December 2011 study, "Gains and Gaps: Changing Inequality in the U.S. College Entry and Completion," with Martha J. Bailey, an assistant professor in the Department of Economics and research affiliate at the National Poverty Center.

According to the article's author, "Women born in 1988 were 10 points more likely to go to college then men of the same age, research by economists Martha J. Bailey and Susan M. Dynarski of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor shows."

Dynarski and Bailey found growing gaps between children from high- and low-income families in college entry, persistence, and graduation. The study also revealed that gender differences in educational attainment, which were small or nonexistent thirty years ago, are now substantial, with women outpacing men in every demographic group.