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The Effects of Affirmative Action Bans on College Enrollment, Educational Attainment, and the Demographic Composition of Universities

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  • Peter Hinrichs

    (Georgetown University, Georgetown Public Policy Institute)

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    I estimate the effects of affirmative action bans on college enrollment, educational attainment, and college demographic composition by exploiting time and state variation in bans. I find that bans have no effect on the typical student and the typical college, but they decrease underrepresented minority enrollment and increase white enrollment at selective colleges. In addition, I use the case study methods of Abadie and Gardeazabal (2003) and Abadie, Diamond, and Hainmueller (2010) and find that the affirmative action ban in California shifted underrepresented minority students from more selective campuses to less selective ones at the University of California. © 2012 The President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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    Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Review of Economics and Statistics.

    Volume (Year): 94 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 3 (August)
    Pages: 712-722

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    Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:94:y:2012:i:3:p:712-722

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