Research Project

The Big Sort: College Reputation and Labor Market Outcomes

Investegators: CDEP affiliates Bentley MacLeod and Miguel Urquiola, CDEP student affiliate Evan Riehl of Columbia University and Juan Saavedra of the University of Southern California.

The project considers the role college reputation and other signals of skill play in wage determination. Using data from Colombia, it asks if the introduction of an individual specific measure of skill – a national subject-specific college exit exam – affected the weight the labor market places on different signals of ability. In addition, the project asks how college reputation might best be measured.

This project has been published as: Bentley MacLeod, Miguel Urquiola, and Evan Riehl, "The Big Sort: College Reputation and Labor Market Outcomes."  American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Vol 9 (3), July 2017.

This project is part of CDEP’s Human Capital Initiative.