Does High School Quality Matter? Evidence from Admissions Data

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Daniel Berkowitz

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Economics

Mark Hoekstra

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 24, 2010

Abstract

This paper examines the effect of attending elite private high school on college placement using admissions data from the most selective high school in a large metropolitan area. To overcome omitted variable bias, we limit the sample to admitted applicants and control directly for the scores assigned by admissions based on in-depth analyses of the applicants and their families. In addition, we control for a wide set of covariates including student and family characteristics and entrance exam scores. Results indicate that attending selective private high school rather than other public and private high schools causes students to attend more selective universities. Effects are driven by gains for girls and students from lower-income neighborhoods.

Keywords: Education, School Quality

JEL Classification: I21

Suggested Citation

Berkowitz, Daniel and Hoekstra, Mark, Does High School Quality Matter? Evidence from Admissions Data (September 24, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1629832 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1629832

Daniel Berkowitz

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Economics ( email )

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Mark Hoekstra (Contact Author)

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Economics ( email )

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