“Specialists or All-Rounders: How best to select university students?”.
Pedro Luís Silva – CIPES and FEP
“This paper studies whether universities should select their students only using specialised subject-specific tests or based on a broader set of skills and knowledge. I show that even if broader skills are not improving graduates’ outcomes in the labour market, the university chooses to use them as a criterion for selection alongside the mastery of more subject-specific tools. Empirically, I exploit the variation between subject-specific and non-specific entrance exam sets on Portuguese students’ large administrative dataset. My central finding is that, on average, universities with less specialised admission policies admit a pool of students who obtain a higher final GPA.”
This is a hybrid Seminar, which may be attended either in person or online. The Seminar will take place at room 305 (with limited capacity, due to the current sanitary constraints). To attend, please submit the survey no later than Thursday 20st at 4:00 p.m. People wishing to attend online will receive the webinar link on the eve of the Seminar.
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