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Assessing the Impact of Eliminating Affirmative Action in Higher Education

  • Jessica S. Howell
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    This research examines the determinants of the match between high school seniors and postsecondary institutions in the United States. I model college application decisions as a nonsequential search problem and specify a unified structural model of college application, admission, and matriculation decisions that are all functions of unobservable individual heterogeneity. The results indicate that black and Hispanic representation at all 4-year colleges is predicted to decline modestly-by 2%-if race-neutral college admissions policies are mandated nationwide. However, race-neutral admissions are predicted to decrease minority representation at the most selective 4-year institutions by 10%. (c) 2010 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved.

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    Article provided by University of Chicago Press in its journal Journal of Labor Economics.

    Volume (Year): 28 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 1 (01)
    Pages: 113-166

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