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Do Inclusive Education Policies Improve Employment Opportunities? Evidence from a Field Experiment

Jorge Agüero, Francisco Galarza () and Gustavo Yamada ()

No 2022-07, Working papers from University of Connecticut, Department of Economics

Abstract: We study the employment opportunity of a college scholarship for high-achieving, low-income students in a labor market where disadvantaged groups are discriminated against. Using a correspondence audit-study we find that including information of being a scholarship recipient in a resume increases the likelihood of getting a callback for a job interview by 20%. However, the effects are much smaller in jobs and careers where the poor are under-represented. We show that this is consistent with the scholarship also sending a negative signal to employers and helps explain why actual beneficiaries almost never mention the scholarship in their resumes.

Keywords: Employment; inclusive education; correspondence study; discrimination (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 I23 J15 J7 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 54 pages
Date: 2022-03
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