WiP Seminar/Webinar – Pedro Luís Silva

april, 2024

22apr13:0014:00WiP Seminar/Webinar - Pedro Luís Silva


Event Details

CEF.UP – WiP Seminar/Webinar

Monday – April 22nd, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. | Room 305 | Online


Keeping it in the Family: Student to Degree Match

Pedro Luís Silva – FEP, Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies (CIPES) and Institute of Labour Economics (IZA) (joint work with Richard Murphy)



“This paper examines systematic inequalities in the match between students and the university degree they apply to, and enroll in. Using linked administrative data on the population of Portuguese applicants we create a transparent and continuous measure of student-to-degree match employing minimal assumptions. We find that students who are first in the family to attend post-secondary education consistently match to lower quality degrees across the entire achievement distribution. In contrast, only the highest achieving female students relatively undermatch. These gaps are larger at the application stage. We explore the role of student preferences and the consequences for intergenerational mobility.”



(Monday) 13:00 - 14:00

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