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Affirmative Action and Efficiency in Education

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  • De Fraja, Gianni

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This Paper studies the optimal education policy in the presence of different groups of households, with groups differing in the distribution of the ability to benefit from education. The main result is that the high ability individuals from groups with relatively few high ability individuals should receive more education than equally able individuals from groups with a more favourable distribution of abilities. The interpretation of this conclusion is that affirmative action policies can find a rationale on efficiency grounds alone.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 3357.

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Date of creation: May 2002
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:3357

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Keywords: affirmative action; education policy; minorities;

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  1. Lommerud, K.E. & Vagstad, S., 2000. "Mommy Tracks and Public Policy: On Self-Fulfilling Prophecies and Gender Gaps in Promotion," Norway; Department of Economics, University of Bergen 0600, Department of Economics, University of Bergen.
  2. Elena Del Rey & Maria Racionero, 2004. "An efficiency argument for affirmative action in higher education," ANU Working Papers in Economics and Econometrics 2005-447, Australian National University, College of Business and Economics, School of Economics.

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