HKS Affiliated Authors


In a National Bureau of Economics working paper, WAPPP faculty affiliate Michela Carlana, with co-authors Enrico Miglino and Michela M. Tincani, analyzed the long-term effects of a Chilean policy (PACE) that targets students in underprivileged schools, offering guaranteed admission to selective colleges to those graduating in the top 15 percent of their high school class. They found that PACE yields positive labor market effects for the average targeted student, especially women, driven by the selectivity of the attended colleges. However, for marginally eligible students, higher dropout rates and negative labor market outcomes emerge, suggesting PACE may induce a mismatch between their skills and the academic rigor of selective programs. The results suggest that there is a limit to how far preferential admissions can go while delivering on their promises.


Carlana, Michela, Enrico Miglino, and Michela M. Tincani. "How Far Can Inclusion Go? The Long-term Impacts of Preferential College Admissions." (2024). Web.