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University differences in the graduation minorities in STEM fields: evidence from California

Arcidiacono, Peter and Aucejo, Esteban M. and Hotz, V. Joseph (2016) University differences in the graduation minorities in STEM fields: evidence from California. American Economic Review, 106 (3). pp. 525-562. ISSN 0002-8282

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Identification Number: 10.1257/aer.20130626


We examine differences in minority science graduation rates among University of California campuses when racial preferences were in place. Less-prepared minorities at higher-ranked campuses had lower persistence rates in science and took longer to graduate. We estimate a model of students' college major choice where net returns of a science major differ across campuses and student preparation. We find less-prepared minority students at top- ranked campuses would have higher science graduation rates had they attended lower-ranked campuses. Better matching of science students to universities by preparation and providing information about students' prospects in different major-university combinations could increase minority science graduation.

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Additional Information: © 2015 American Economic Association
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Sets: Departments > Economics
Collections > Economists Online
Collections > United States Collection
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2015 14:33
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2016 14:08

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