Benjamin Passty, Northwestern University
Abstract: This study examines whether elite schools have an impact on the development of students. Using data from Texas, I regress students' choice of major over their high school qualifications. Because of the Texas Ten Percent Law--which guarantees admission to any state school for those students in the top decile of their High School graduating class--I am able to carry out a regression discontinuity design. Although my model predicts that students will choose less demanding-and lucrative-majors at elite institutions, my results indicate that students are more likely to choose business majors at the top school, and less likely to major in Education, Nursing, and Social Work.