Research in Higher Education

, Volume 59, Issue 1, pp 29–53 | Cite as

Labor Market Returns for Graduates of Hispanic-Serving Institutions

  • Toby J. Park
  • Stella M. Flores
  • Christopher J. RyanJr.


Latinos have become the largest minority group in American postsecondary education, a majority of whom attend two- or four-year Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). However, little is known about labor market outcomes as result of attending these institutions. Using a unique student-level administrative database in Texas, and accounting for college selectivity, we examine whether attending an HSI influences labor market outcomes ten years after high school graduation for Latino students in Texas. We find no difference in the earnings of Hispanic graduates from HSIs and non-HSIs. This analysis represents one of the first to examine the labor market outcomes for Latino students in this sector of education accounting for critical factors that include a student’s high school and community context.


Hispanic-serving institutions HSIs Wage returns Labor market returns 



The authors would like to thank the University of Pennsylvania Center for Minority Serving Institutions, the Educational Testing Service, the University of Texas at Dallas Education Research Center, and New York University for their assistance and support of this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Florida State University College of EducationTallahasseeUSA
  2. 2.New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human DevelopmentNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Vanderbilt University Peabody CollegeNashvilleUSA

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