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CEF.UP - ECO Seminar/Webinar

Tuesday - November 9th, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. | Room 305 | Online

Better Peers but Worse Rank Position: The Opportunity Cost of Joining a Selective Group.
Pilar Beneito - Universitat de València and ERI-CES


“The sharp downgrading of the relative position in the distribution of ability experienced by those just qualifying to enter a selective group may run counter to the intended positive effects of joining better peers. I exploit variation in admission cutoffs across different cohorts and types of business majors programs within a same university to study the causal impact that joining a selective group has on the academic performance of marginal students. I first compare students just above and just below the admission cutoff using a regression discontinuity design, and then I analyse the impact of the ability rank on the academic performance of students at the threshold. I find that female students who are just above the cutoff (thus, low-ranked students in a high-ability group) underperform female students who just fail to gain entry to the selective group (thus, high-ranked students in a mixed-ability group). Conversely, I find much smaller or no significant effects among male students. I show that gender differences in the response of students to their ability rank position explain a large part of the differences found at the threshold."

This is a hybrid Seminar, which may be attended either in person or online. The Seminar will take place at room 305. To attend, please submit the survey no later than Monday 8th at 4:00 p.m. People wishing to attend online will receive the webinar link on the eve of the Seminar.


We are looking forward to seeing you there.
Kind regards,
Luís Guimarães

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“Cef.up is financed by Portuguese public funds through FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, I.P., in the framework of the project with reference UIDB/04105/2020”

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