Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161324
Authors: 
Dasgupta, Utteeyo
Mani, Subha
Sharma, Smriti
Singhal, Saurabh
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10701
Abstract: 
We exploit the variation in the admissions cutoffs across colleges of a leading Indian university in a regression discontinuity framework to estimate the causal effects of enrolling in a selective college on: cognitive attainment, behavioral preferences, and Big Five personality. We find that enrolling in a selective college improves only females' exam scores. Further, marginally admitted females in selective colleges become less overconfident and less risk averse while males in selective colleges experience a decline in extraversion and conscientiousness. Higher attendance rates among females explain the gender differences in returns to better college and peer environment.
Subjects: 
cognitive attainment
behavior
personality
college quality
peer effects
India
JEL: 
I23
C9
C14
J24
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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