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Juan Saavedra finds in his new paper, The Big Sort: College Reputation and Labor Market Outcomes, that the reputation of a college is correlated with their graduates' earning growth.

With co-authors W. Bentley MacLeod, Evan Riehl, Juan E. Saavedra, and Miguel Urquiola.  Full paper is found in the CESR working Paper series as well as NBER.




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