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College-Major Choice to College-Then-Major Choice

By Paola Bordon and Chao Fu Y


Many countries use college-major-speci…c admissions policies that require a student to choose a college-major pair upon college enrollment. Motivated by potential student-major mismatches under such policies, we explore the equilibrium e¤ects of postponing student choice of major. To do so, we develop an equilibrium model of college-major choices under the college-major-speci…c admissions regime and estimate its structural parameters using data from Chile. Then we introduce the counterfactual policy regime as a Stackelberg game in which a social planner chooses college-speci…c admissions policies and students make enrollment decisions, learn about their …ts to various majors and then choose their majors. We compare educational outcomes and welfare under the current and the counterfactual policy regimes

Topics: Mike Keane, John Kennan, Rasmus Lentz, Fei Li, Costas Meghir, Robert Miller, Antonio Penta
Year: 2012
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