Charlene Kalenkoski

Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Ph.D. Program in Personal Financial Planning

Texas Tech University, Department of Personal Financial Planning

NLS user since 2003

  • Kalenkoski, Charlene Marie and Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia (2010). “Parental Transfers, Student Achievement, and the Labor Supply of College Students,” Journal of Population Economics, Vol. 23, No. 2, pp. 469-496.
What I learned from NLS data

Using nationally representative data from the NLSY97, my co-author, Sabrina Pabilonia, and I examined the financial motivations for and the effects of employment on U.S. college students’ academic performance. We found that lower parental transfers and greater costs of attending college increase the number of hours students work while in school, although students are not very responsive to these financial motivations. We also found some evidence that greater hours of work lead to lower grade point averages (GPAs).

Why I chose NLS data

We were able to obtain information on three pieces of information not often found in the same data set, parents' transfers to college students, college students' labor force activity, and college students' academic achievement.