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Causal Inference in Education Research Seminar (CIERS)

Gender gaps in STEM college major choices

Jun 22, 2016, 11:30 am-1:00 pm EDT
Weill Hall, Room 3240
A presentation by Molly Hawkins, PhD candidate in economics
Ford School
Transitions into the labor market

Skills, Majors, and Jobs: Does Higher Education Respond?

September 2019
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Kevin Stange, Steven Hemelt, Bradley J. Hershbein
Higher education institutions play an outsized role in facilitating skill development, yet employers regularly cite a gap between the skills they need and those new college graduates possess. One explanation for this disconnect is that technological change, industrial restructuring, and international trade are continuously evolving the demand for skills in the labor market, but that investment is slow to respond. This project uses several quasi-experimental techniques, and the universe of all online job ads paired with novel data on college course-taking over the past decade, to study how...
Transitions into the labor market

An Empirical Analysis of the Consequences of Major Choice Using Texas Administrative Data

June 2018
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Kevin Stange, Rodney Andrews, Scott Imberman, Michael Lovenheim
The central aim of this project is to estimate the causal effect of students’ college major choices  on their postsecondary and labor market outcomes. The combination of a research design that can identify causal effects of major choice with rich administrative data that allow us to track students from high school through college and into the labor market is novel in the higher education literature and will provide new and important evidence on how college major choices affect students during college and...