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Preferential Treatment in College Admissions and Student Incentives

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  • Tuvana Pastine

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    (Department of Economics Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland, Maynooth)

  • Ivan Pastine

    (University College Dublin)

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This paper examines student incentives when faced with a college admissions policy which pursues student body diversity. The effect of a diversify-conscious admissions policy critically depends on the design of the policy. If the admissions policy fails to incentivize students from a disadvantaged socioeconomic background it may lead to a deterioration in the intergroup score gap while failing to improve student body diversity in equilibrium.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland - Maynooth in its series Economics, Finance and Accounting Department Working Paper Series with number n218-11.pdf.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:may:mayecw:n218-11.pdf

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Keywords: Affirmative Action; College Admissions; All-Pay Auction; Contest; Tournament;

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  1. Roland G. Freyer, Jr. & Glenn C. Loury & Tolga Yuret, 2003. "Color Blind Affirmative Action," Boston University - Department of Economics - The Institute for Economic Development Working Papers Series dp-131, Boston University - Department of Economics.
  2. Qiang Fu, 2006. "A Theory of Affirmative Action in College Admissions," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 44(3), pages 420-428, July.
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