Melissa Whatley's paper, "Study Abroad Participation: An Unintended Consequence of State Merit-Aid Programs?" appears in Research in Higher Education Online First.
Whatley, a Ph.D. student who expects to graduate in May 2019, uses difference-in-differences estimation to explore the relationship between the implementation of state merit-aid programs and students’ participation in study abroad. Her article highlights several directions for future research on the relationship between state-level merit-aid programs and undergraduate participation in education abroad.
Her work fills a perceived gap between the scholarly literature that explores the impact of large-scale state merit-aid programs on a variety of student decisions and educational outcomes and the literature that examines the relationship between financial aid and students’ decisions about study abroad participation.
The full article is available on the Springer site at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11162-018-09540-w