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Morehouse Economist's Study Finds HBCU Graduates Do Better In Labor Market Than Non-HBCU Grads

By ADD SEYMOUR JR.

Graduates of historically black colleges and universities do better in the labor market long term than non-HBCU grads, according to a new article by Morehouse economist Greg Price and two fellow economists from Howard University.

The article, which was spotlighted in a blog on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s website, was published in the current edition of The Review of Black Political Economy.

Their findings consider the returns of earning a baccalaureate degree from an HBCU relative to a non-HBCU for black Americans. Their findings counter the results of a 2010 study that concluded long-term returns of graduating from an HBCU were negative.

“Our results lend support to the idea that HBCUs continue to have a compelling educational justification, as the labor market outcomes of their graduates are superior to what they would have been had they graduated from a non-HBCU,” according to their article.

Price, and the two other economists, Howard University’s William Spriggs and Omari Swinton, also “…suggest that HBCU graduates realize higher earnings relative to non-HBCU. As such, our results lend support to the idea that HBCUs have a comparative advantage in nurturing the self-image, self-esteem and identity of graduates, which theoretically matters for labor market outcomes.”

To download and read this article, go to http://www.springerlink.com/content/63gq601620k9933k/. To read the entire Chronicle of Higher Education story, go to http://chronicle.com/blogs/innovations/the-returns-on-an-hbcu-education/29217.

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