Sep 28, 2018, 12:00 pm – 12:00 pm
367 Wallace Hall
Restricted to Students, Faculty, Postdocs only



Event Description

The US hosts over one million international students a year, but little is known about the return to American education abroad. I conduct a field experiment to study how employers value US college degrees in Chinese labor markets. I submit over 27,000 fictitious job applications to online postings for business and computer science jobs in China, randomizing college degrees between the US and China. I find that applicants with US college degrees are on average 18 percent less likely to receive a callback than applicants with degrees from China. Applicants from very selective US institutions underperform those from the least selective Chinese institutions. I provide evidence that the US-China callback gap is not driven by employer perceptions about negative selection of who leaves and who returns. Instead, I show that the gap is most consistent with both a greater perceived hiring cost for US degree holders and a lack of information on the value of an American education.