HAIL College Scholarship Helps Low Income Students : The Indicator from Planet Money Cardiff picked our final installment of favorites week. We learn about an experiment that led to more low-income students attending an elite college. Sometimes all it takes is the right nudge.
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Indicator Favs: How An Econ Experiment Changed Lives

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Note: This episode originally ran in 2019.

This week we're revisiting some of our favorite episodes. Cardiff picked this one specifically to show how an experiment run by economists could change the course of people's lives.

Research shows students who attend elite universities are more likely to graduate, and they earn higher incomes once they enter the labor market. But low-income students are underrepresented at those universities.

Sue Dynarski, an economist at the University of Michigan, and her collaborators conducted an experiment to encourage high school seniors from low-income families in Michigan to apply to the University of Michigan. On The Indicator: How that experiment played out and why it matters.