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Reverse Discrimination and Efficiency in Education

  • Gianni De Fraja

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    (University of Leicester
    Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR))

This paper shows that reverse discrimination policies can find a justification purely on efficiency grounds. We study the optimal provision of education when households belong to different groups, differing in the distribution of the potential to benefit from education among individuals, which is private information. The main result is that the high potential individuals from groups with relatively few high potential individuals should receive more education than otherwise identical individuals from groups with a more favourable distribution of these benefits.

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Paper provided by Tor Vergata University, CEIS in its series CEIS Research Paper with number 38.

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Date of creation: 19 Oct 2003
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Handle: RePEc:rtv:ceisrp:38
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