College Achievement and Attainment Gaps: Evidence from West Point Cadets

48 Pages Posted: 18 May 2020 Last revised: 21 Mar 2021

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Dario Cestau

IE Business School, IE University

Dennis Epple

Carnegie Mellon University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Richard Romano

University of Florida

Holger Sieg

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Carl Wojtaszek

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: May 2020

Abstract

Assessing the effectiveness of education by race and gender is as difficult as it is important. We investigate this question utilizing data for eleven cohorts at West Point, a distinguished military academy and highly ranked liberal arts college. Employing matching using entry scores on three comprehensive measures, we obtain exceptional matches of score distributions for black and matched white students. We find black students have lower graduating achievement scores than matched white students, but comparable rates of graduation, retention in the Army after graduation, and early promotion. Hispanic-white comparisons reveal no differences. Female-male comparisons reveal women have lower attainment and retention rates.

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Suggested Citation

Cestau, Dario and Epple, Dennis and Romano, Richard and Sieg, Holger and Wojtaszek, Carl, College Achievement and Attainment Gaps: Evidence from West Point Cadets (May 2020). NBER Working Paper No. w27162, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3603792

Dario Cestau (Contact Author)

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Dennis Epple

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Richard Romano

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Holger Sieg

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Carl Wojtaszek

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