Returns to Elite Higher Education in the Marriage Market: Evidence from Chile

63 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2013

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Katja Maria Kaufmann

Bocconi University - Department of Economics; Bocconi University - IGIER - Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Matthias Messner

University of Cologne

Alex Solis

Uppsala University, Universidad Catolica de la Santisima Concepcion

Date Written: August 20, 2013

Abstract

In this paper we estimate the marriage market returns to being admitted to a higher ranked (i.e. more 'elite') university by exploiting unique features of the Chilean university admission system. This system centrally allocates applicants based on their university entrance test score, which allows us to identify causal effects by using a regression discontinuity approach. Moreover, the Chilean context provides us with the necessary data on the long run outcome 'partner quality.'

We find that being admitted to a higher ranked university has substantial returns in terms of partner quality for women, while estimates for men are about half the size and not significantly different from zero.

Keywords: Returns to education quality, higher education, marriage market, regression discontinuity, Chile

JEL Classification: I23, I24, J12

Suggested Citation

Kaufmann, Katja Maria and Kaufmann, Katja Maria and Messner, Matthias and Solis, Alex, Returns to Elite Higher Education in the Marriage Market: Evidence from Chile (August 20, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2313369 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2313369

Katja Maria Kaufmann

Bocconi University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Milan, 20136
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Bocconi University - IGIER - Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research ( email )

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Milan, 20136
Italy

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) ( email )

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Germany

Matthias Messner (Contact Author)

University of Cologne ( email )

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Cologne, NRW 50923
Germany

Alex Solis

Uppsala University, Universidad Catolica de la Santisima Concepcion ( email )

Box 513
Uppsala, 751 20
Sweden

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