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High school human capital portfolio and college outcomes

Tchuente, Guy (2016) High school human capital portfolio and college outcomes. Journal of Human Capital, 10 (3). pp. 267-302. ISSN 1932-8575. E-ISSN 1932-8664. (doi:10.1086/687417) (KAR id:54857)


This paper assesses the relationship between courses taken in high school and college major choice. It considers individuals as holding a portfolio of relative human capital

rates that may either be similar to those in their major - specialized - or different from those in their major - diversified. Using High School and Beyond survey data, I find

a U-shaped relationship between the diversification of high school courses portfolio, measured by the differences from the typical student in the major, and college performance.

The underlying relation linking high school to college is assessed by estimating a structural model of high school human capital acquisition and college major choice.

Policy experiments suggest that taking an additional quantitative course in high school increases the probability that a college student chooses a science, technology, engineering, or math major by four percentage points with little effect on college performance.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1086/687417
Uncontrolled keywords: Human capital, discrete choice, college major
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Guy Tchuente Nguembu
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2016 13:33 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 01:12 UTC
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