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DEC Lecture Series: Aspirations, Stereotypes and Educational Choices

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  Featured Speaker
May 6, 2019)
  Eliana La Ferrara

  Bocconi University

Aspirations, Stereotypes and Educational Choices

About this Lecture

How do negatively stereotyped groups make educational choices? How do the stereotypes of teachers and peers impact their performance? The talk will bring evidence from different countries and contexts to speak to the above questions. First, it will show that high-achieving immigrant children in Italy’s tracked school system under-aspire compared to native students and will discuss the impact of a large-scale, randomized intervention providing tutoring and career counseling to high-ability immigrant students. Second, it will analyze the role played by teachers’ bias and show that making teachers aware of their negative stereotypes towards immigrants leads to a change in their grading policy. Finally, it will discuss the role of peers’ racial stereotypes in South Africa, and discuss how inter-group contact affects stereotypes and educational performance of different groups.

2018/2019 DEC Lectures

VIEW THE REPLAY: Tuesday, February 12, 2019: Seema Jayachandran, Northwestern University

VIEW THE REPLAY: Wednesday, January 31, 2019: Tavneet Suri, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

VIEW THE REPLAY: Tuesday, February 6, 2018: Pascaline Dupas, Stanford University

VIEW THE REPLAY: Tuesday, March 13, 2018: Pinelopi Goldberg, Yale University

VIEW THE REPLAY: Tuesday, April 24, 2018: Rohini Pande, Harvard University

VIEW THE REPLAY: Monday, May 21, 2018: Oriana Bandiera, LSE

VIEW THE REPLAY: Monday, June 18, 2018: Rema Hanna, Harvard University

VIEW THE REPLAY: Monday, July 16, 2018: Dina Pomeranz, University of Zurich

VIEW THE REPLAY: Monday, October 22, 2018: Alice Evans, King's College London

VIEW THE REPLAY: Tuesday, November 27, 2018: Gita Gopinath, Harvard University

VIEW THE REPLAY: Wednesday, December 12, 2018: Nancy Qian, Northwestern University

Monday, January 14, 2019: Jessica Goldberg, University of Maryland (The event has been postponed. A new date will be scheduled shortly.)