What are the benefits and costs of attending a selective public research university instead of a less-selective university or college?
This study examines the 2001-2011 Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC) program, which guaranteed University of California
admission to students in the top four percent of California high school classes. Employing a regression discontinuity design, I
estimate that ELC pulled 8 percent of marginally-admitted students into four "Absorbing'' UC campuses from less-competitive