Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login to save this paper or follow this series

The Effects of University Affirmative Action Policies on the Human Capital Development of Minority Children: Do Expectations Matter?

Contents:

Author Info

  • Ronald Caldwell Jr.

    (Department of Economics, The University of Kansas)

Abstract

Research shows that minority children enter the labor market with lower levels of acquired skill than their white counterparts. The causes of this skill gap, however, are not entirely understood. This paper analyzes one possible cause: the impact of a perceived lack of future opportunities on the human capital investment decisions of minority children and parents. Using NLSY79 data, I take advantage of changes in affirmative action laws regarding university admissions as a natural experiment. I test for changes in a variety of child and parental human capital investment variables such as time spent studying and parental involvement for children below the age of 15. The results show that time spent studying among 7th and 8th grade blacks in the affected states is significantly lower. The results for parental input variables show a fairly consistent negative trend among black parents of younger children. Additionally, cognitive achievement tests are examined and show significant results among the same age groups.

Download Info

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
File URL: http://www2.ku.edu/~kuwpaper/2008Papers/200812.pdf
Download Restriction: no

Bibliographic Info

Paper provided by University of Kansas, Department of Economics in its series WORKING PAPERS SERIES IN THEORETICAL AND APPLIED ECONOMICS with number 200812.

as in new window
Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2008
Date of revision: Jul 2010
Handle: RePEc:kan:wpaper:200812

Contact details of provider:
Postal: 415 Snow Hall, Lawrence, KS 66045
Phone: (785) 864-3501
Fax: (785) 864-5270
Email:
Web page: http://www2.ku.edu/~kuwpaper/
More information through EDIRC

Related research

Keywords: affirmative action; skill gaps; human capital investment;

Find related papers by JEL classification:

This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:

References

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

Citations

Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
as in new window

Cited by:
  1. Jonathan Fisher & Christina Houseworth, 2012. "The reverse wage gap among educated White and Black women," Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer, Springer, vol. 10(4), pages 449-470, December.

Lists

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

Statistics

Access and download statistics

Corrections

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:kan:wpaper:200812. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Jianbo Zhang).

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.