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Anders Stenberg

Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI)
Stockholm University
10691 Stockholm
Sweden

E-Mail: anders.stenberg@sofi.su.se
Institutional Affiliation: Stockholm University

NBER Working Papers and Publications

July 2020Family Spillovers in Field of Study
with Gordon B. Dahl, Dan-Olof Rooth: w27618
This paper estimates peer effects both from older to younger siblings and from parents to children in academic fields of study. Our setting is secondary school in Sweden, where admissions to oversubscribed fields is determined based on a student's GPA. Using an RD design, we find strong spillovers in field choices that depend on the gender mix of siblings and whether the field is gender conforming. There are also large intergenerational effects from fathers and mothers to sons, except in female-dominated fields, but little effect for daughters. These spillovers have long-term consequences for occupational segregation and wage gaps by gender.
Long-Run Returns to Field of Study in Secondary School
with Gordon Dahl, Dan-Olof Rooth: w27524
This paper studies whether specialized academic fields of study in secondary school, which are common in many countries, affect earnings as an adult. Identification is challenging, because it requires not just quasi-random variation into fields of study, but also an accounting of individuals' next-best alternatives. Our setting is Sweden, where at the end of ninth grade students rank fields of study and admissions to oversubscribed fields is determined based on a student's GPA. We use a regression discontinuity design which allows for different labor market returns for each combination of preferred versus next-best choice, together with nationwide register data for school cohorts from 1977-1991 linked to their earnings as adults. Our analysis yields four main findings. First, Engineering, ...
 
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