US study finds high debt loads may deter men from completing PSE

February 25, 2013

New US research offers a new theory for why more men than women drop out of PSE: men are more adverse than are women to student-loan debt, and may be swayed by their perceived ability to earn a decent wage without a degree. Women face an immediate disadvantage in the job market if they drop out, earning at least $6,500 less each year than do female college graduates, the study found. That penalty, the article speculates, may compel women to tolerate higher levels of debt to complete PSE -- and land a better-paying job. The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)