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College Admission and High School Integration

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  • Fernanda Estevan
  • Thomas Gall
  • Patrick Legros

We investigate whether a policy intended to promote diversity in college by admitting a uniform top quantile from each high school can modify high-school segregation by inducing students to relocate to schools with weaker competition. Theoretically, such school arbitrage will neutralize the admissions policy at the college level. It will result in partial desegregation of the high schools if flows are sufficiently unbiased. These predictions are supported by empirical evidence on the effects of the Texas Top Ten Percent Law, indicating that a policy intended to support diversity at the college level actually helped achieve it in the high schools.

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Paper provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its series Working Papers ECARES with number ECARES 2017-25.

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Length: 48 p.
Date of creation: May 2017
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