Research in Higher Education

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 23–35 | Cite as

Economic returns to schooling decisions

  • Charles H. Bélanger
  • Lise Lavallée
AIR Forum Issue


This paper is an attempt to determine the private internal rate of return to investment in two levels and four selected educational programs (computer science, nursing, nutrition, and social work). In these fields, a perennial uneasy situation occurs in which many bachelor's degree graduates and community college vocational degree holders perform exactly the same work and receive different salaries. The monetary benefit returns to individuals are calculated by using the cost-benefit analysis method. Results will be useful not only to public employment agencies and educational institutions, but also particularly to students who strive to acquire the most profitable level of education in the most economical way.


Social Work Educational Program Education Research Educational Institution Community College 
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© Agathon Press, Inc. 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles H. Bélanger
    • 1
  • Lise Lavallée
    • 1
  1. 1.Office of Institutional ResearchUniversité de MontréalCanada

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