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Cognitive, Socioemotional and Behavioral Returns to College Quality

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  • Dasgupta, Utteeyo

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    (Fordham University)

  • Mani, Subha

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    (Fordham University)

  • Sharma, Smriti

    ()

    (UNU-WIDER)

  • Singhal, Saurabh

    ()

    (UNU-WIDER)

We exploit the variation in the admissions cutoffs across colleges of a leading Indian university in a regression discontinuity framework to estimate the causal effects of enrolling in a selective college on: cognitive attainment, behavioral preferences, and Big Five personality. We find that enrolling in a selective college improves only females' exam scores. Further, marginally admitted females in selective colleges become less overconfident and less risk averse while males in selective colleges experience a decline in extraversion and conscientiousness. Higher attendance rates among females explain the gender differences in returns to better college and peer environment.

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Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2017
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp10701
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