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Cognitive, Socioemotional and Behavioral Returns to College Quality

Utteeyo Dasgupta, Subha Mani (), Smriti Sharma and Saurabh Singhal ()
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Subha Mani: Fordham University

No 10701, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: 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.

Keywords: cognitive attainment; behavior; personality; college quality; peer effects; India (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I23 C9 C14 J24 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017-04
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