A multidimensional view of the impact of higher education is presented. The influence of earnings on three other life outcomes is considered. Data from a follow-up of students in the United States who had earlier participated in the Freshmen Norms Survey of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) indicate the distinctiveness of selected outcomes. A different developmental process is suggested for each. Controlling for other inputs, we found possible impacts of higher education on earnings attainment and liberalism-conservatism, but not on later job and life satisfaction.
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