Replication Data for: Pay to Play? How Reducing APSA Division Fees Increases Graduate Student Participation

  • Bailey R. Fairbanks (Creator)
  • Isabel M. Perera (Creator)
  • Christine M. Slaughter (Creator)
  • Fabian Neuner (Creator)



In 2017, the APSA Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession launched an initiative to lower the cost of Division (organized section) membership for students in order to promote graduate students’ professional development and advance Division interests. This article assesses the effect of this intervention on Division membership. Using APSA membership data, we find that nearly two-thirds of Divisions that charged fees in 2017 reduced or eliminated student fees between 2017 and 2019, nearly halving the average student dues (from $11.57 in 2017 to $5.84 in 2019). As a result, average student membership increased by over 300 percent in Divisions that reduced fees (from 79.5 in 2017 to 248.7 in 2019), compared to a marginal 30 percent increase in those that did not decrease fees. The outcomes of the initiative support additional efforts to reduce the costs of APSA participation for graduate students.
Date made available2021
PublisherHarvard Dataverse

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