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Are Some Degrees Worth More than Others? Evidence from college admission cutoffs in Chile

Justine S. Hastings, Christopher A. Neilson, Seth D. Zimmerman

NBER Working Paper No. 19241
Issued in July 2013

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We thank Noele Aabye, Phillip Ross and Unika Shrestha for outstanding research assistance. We thank Nadia Vasquez, Pablo Maino, Valeria Maino, and Jatin Patel for assistance with locating, collecting and digitizing data records. J-PAL Latin America and in particular Elizabeth Coble provided excellent field assistance. We thank Ivan Silva of DEMRE for help locating and accessing data records. We thank the excellent leadership and staff at the Chilean Ministry of Education for their invaluable support of these projects including Harald Beyer, Fernando Rojas, Loreto Cox Alcaíno, Andrés Barrios, Fernando Claro, Francisco Lagos, Lorena Silva, Anely Ramirez, and Rodrigo Rolando. We also thank the outstanding leadership and staff at Servicio de Impuestos Internos for their invaluable assistance. We thank Joseph Altonji, Peter Arcidiacono, Ken Chay, Raj Chetty, Nathaniel Hilger, Carolyn Hoxby, Wojciech Kopczuk, Thomas Lemieux, Costas Meghir, Jonah Rockoff, and participants at University of Chicago, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the NBER Public Economics and Education Economics program meetings, and Yale University for helpful comments and suggestions. This project was funded solely by Brown University, the Population and Studies Center at Brown, and NIA grant P30AG012810. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Online Appendix available at: http://www.justinehastings.com/images/downloads/HNZ_Chile_Appendix_2013a.pdf.

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