Friday, November 04, 2022, 01:30pm - 03:00pm
"Education Expansion, College Choice and Labor Market Success"
We study the choice of acquiring STEM or non-STEM college education using variation induced by the proximity to universities offering STEM and/or non-STEM degrees. We adopt a novel methodology allowing the identification of the distribution of response types and several counterfactual outcomes. The empirical analysis is based on confidential survey data for Italy, combined with administrative information about the founding dates of all Italian universities and faculties. We find that most compliers are at the margin of choosing STEM education versus not going to college. Response types at the margin of choosing STEM vs non-STEM education are a small minority in the population. We simulate the effects of some hypothetical reforms expanding the supply of colleges and we find sizeable impacts on employment, earnings and working conditions, particularly for women.
1:30pm-3:00pm | Zoom | Coordinator: Jennifer Hunt