SITE Seminar with Verónica Frisancho, Perceived Ability and School Choices
Verónica Frisancho, Research Economist, Inter-American Development Bank. Perceived Ability and School Choices.
2018-12-04 at 12:00
2018-12-04 at 13:00
SITE Library, SSE, Bertil Ohlins Gata 5, 9th fl.
Verónica Frisancho is a research economist in the Research Department at Inter-American Development Bank. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Pennsylvania State University in 2012, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Universidad del Pacífico in Lima, Peru.
Verónica’s work can best be described as applied microeconomics, and her main fields of specialization are Development and Labor Economics. Her research in these areas includes an emphasis on education, labor markets in developing countries, and microfinance. Read more about Verónica on her website.
On Dec 4, Verónica will be presenting her paper Perceived Ability and School Choices. See abstract below.
This paper studies how youths' self-perceptions of ability affect their sorting patterns across schools. We design and implement a field experiment in which ninth-graders from less advantaged backgrounds in Mexico City are provided with individualized feedback about their performance on an achievement test. The treatment shifts both the mean and the variance of the subjective distributions of academic ability. This variation is embedded into a discrete choice model that characterizes the channels through which perceived ability shapes individual preferences over school characteristics. Follow-up data on schooling outcomes suggest that the information intervention improved the match between students and education choices.
Download paper here.