Do inclusive education policies improve employment opportunities? Evidence from a field experiment

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In labor markets where disadvantaged students are discriminated against, merit-based college scholarships targeting these students could convey two opposing signals to employers. There is a positive signal reflecting the candidate’s cognitive ability (talented in high-school and able to maintain a high GPA in college) as well as her soft skills (overcoming poverty). There is also a possible negative signal as the targeting of the scholarship indicates that the beneficiary comes from a disadvantaged household. We conduct a correspondence study to analyze the labor market impact of an inclusive education program. Beca 18 provides merit-based scholarships to talented poor students admitted to 3-year and 5-year colleges in Peru. We find that the positive signal dominates. Including information of being a scholarship recipient increases the likelihood of getting a callback for a job interview by 20%. However, the effect is much smaller in jobs and careers where the poor are under-represented, suggesting that the negative signal of the scholarship is not zero.
Idioma originalInglés
Lugar de publicaciónLima
EditorialUniversidad del Pacífico, Centro de Investigación
Número de páginas37
EstadoPublicada - dic. 2020

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NombreDocumento de discusión
EditorUniversidad del Pacífico, Centro de Investigación

Palabras clave

  • Programa Nacional Beca 18 (Perú)
  • Educación superior
  • Educación inclusiva
  • Discriminación en el trabajo
  • Mercado laboral
  • Egresados universitarios


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