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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

Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.aeaweb.org/aer/index.php
Additional Information: © 2016 American Economic Association
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D1 - Household Behavior and Family Economics > D14 - Personal Finance
E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E2 - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment > E23 - Production
E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E3 - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles > E32 - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E4 - Money and Interest Rates > E43 - Determination of Interest Rates; Term Structure of Interest Rates
E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E5 - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit > E52 - Monetary Policy (Targets, Instruments, and Effects)
E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E6 - Macroeconomic Policy Formation, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, Macroeconomic Policy, and General Outlook > E61 - Policy Objectives; Policy Designs and Consistency; Policy Coordination
E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E6 - Macroeconomic Policy Formation, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, Macroeconomic Policy, and General Outlook > E62 - Fiscal Policy; Public Expenditures, Investment, and Finance; Taxation
Sets: Departments > Economics
Collections > Economists Online
Collections > United States Collection
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2015 14:33
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 15:35
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/64178

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