American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
no. 1, January 2023
We use the introduction of the Texas Top Ten Percent rule to estimate the effect of access to a selective college on graduation and earnings outcomes for two groups of students. For highly ranked students at more disadvantaged high schools, who gained access under the policy, college enrollment and graduation increased. Less highly ranked students at more advantaged schools, who tended to lose access, shifted toward less-selective colleges under the policy, but did not see declines in overall college enrollment, graduation, or earnings. The policy thus benefited students targeted for admission without evidence of adverse effects on displaced students.
Black, Sandra E., Jeffrey T. Denning, and Jesse Rothstein.
"Winners and Losers? The Effect of Gaining and Losing Access to Selective Colleges on Education and Labor Market Outcomes."
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics,
Analysis of Education
Higher Education; Research Institutions
Education and Inequality
Returns to Education