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Replication data for: The Big Sort: College Reputation and Labor Market Outcomes

Version
V0
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • MacLeod, W. Bentley
  • Riehl, Evan
  • Saavedra, Juan E.
  • Urquiola, Miguel
Publication Date
2017-07-01
Description
  • Abstract

    We explore how college reputation affects the "big sort," the process by which students choose colleges and find their first jobs. We incorporate a simple definition of college reputation—graduates' mean admission scores—into a competitive labor market model. This generates a clear prediction: if employers use reputation to set wages, then the introduction of a new measure of individual skill will decrease the return to reputation. Administrative data and a natural experiment from the country of Colombia confirm this. Finally, we show that college reputation is positively correlated with graduates' earnings growth, suggesting that reputation matters beyond signaling individual skill.
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  • Is supplement to
    DOI: 10.1257/app.20160126 (Text)
Publications
  • MacLeod, W. Bentley, Evan Riehl, Juan E. Saavedra, and Miguel Urquiola. “The Big Sort: College Reputation and Labor Market Outcomes.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 9, no. 3 (July 2017): 223–61. https://doi.org/10.1257/app.20160126.
    • ID: 10.1257/app.20160126 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-05-18 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-10-12

MacLeod, W. Bentley; Riehl, Evan; Saavedra, Juan E.; Urquiola, Miguel (2017): Replication data for: The Big Sort: College Reputation and Labor Market Outcomes. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E113685