Caterina Calsamiglia

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The literature on school choice assumes that families can submit a preference list over all the schools they want to be assigned to. However, in many real-life instances families are only allowed to submit a list containing a limited number of schools. Subjects' incentives are drastically affected, as more individuals manipulate their preferentes. Including(More)
This paper is the first to use a randomized trial in the US to analyze the short-and long-term educational and employment impacts of an afterschool program that offered disadvantaged high-school youth: mentoring, educational services, and financial rewards with the objective to improve high-school graduation and postsecondary schooling enrollment. The(More)
Affirmative-action policies bias tournament rules in order to provide equal opportunities to a group of competitors who have a disadvantage they cannot be held responsible for. Critics argue that they distort incentives, resulting in lower individual performance, and that the selected pool of tournament winners may be inefficient. In this paper, we study(More)
The Boston mechanism is a school allocation procedure that is widely used around the world. To resolve overdemands, priority is often given to families who live in the neighborhood school. We note that such priorities define some schools as being safer. We exploit an unexpected change in the definition of neighborhood in Barcelona to show that when allowing(More)
2005 This dissertation explores issues concerning local versus global equality of opportunity, the presence of inequality for education attainment and the optimality of policies addressing such problems. The literature distinguishes between two different approaches to distributive justice: the global and the local approach. Local distributive justice(More)
This paper is the first to use a randomized trial in the US to analyze the short-and long-term impacts of an afterschool program that offered disadvantaged high-school youth: mentoring, educational services, and financial rewards to attend program activities, complete high-school and enroll in post-secondary education on youths' engagement in risky(More)
In the literature the outcome of contests is either interpreted as win probabilities or as shares of the prize. With this in mind, we examine two approaches to contest success functions. In the …rst we analyze the implications of contestants' incomplete information concerning the 'type' of the contest administrator. While in the case of two contestants this(More)
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