Can Affirmative Action Affect Major Choice?
Fernanda Estevan (),
Thomas Gall () and
Louis-Philippe Morin ()
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Fernanda Estevan: Sao Paulo School of Economics - FGV
Thomas Gall: University of Southampton
No dp-324, Boston University - Department of Economics - The Institute for Economic Development Working Papers Series from Boston University - Department of Economics
Around the world, students from a disadvantaged background are underrepresented in prestigious and lucrative fields of study, such as medicine and STEM. We know little about whether universities can affect individualsâ€™ major choice and promote increased social mobility. In this paper, we provide evidence that universities can change individualsâ€™ choice of major. We use a natural experiment that expanded the set of majors to which lower SES applicants could be admitted. We find that this change in policy, which was implemented at a very selective university, increased the likelihood of lower SES students to apply for, and get accepted to more prestigious majors.
Keywords: post-secondary education; affirmative action; major choice; social mobility (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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