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College Admission and High School Integration

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  • Fernanda Estevan

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  • Thomas Gall; Patrick Legros; Andrew F. Newman

This paper examines possible effects of college admission policy on general equilibrium outcomes at the high school stage. Specifically, we investigate whether a policy that bases college admission on relative performance at high school could modify in the aggregate the degree of segregation in schools, by inducing some students to relocate to schools that offer weaker competition. In a matching model, such high school arbitrage will occur in equilibrium and typically result in desegregating high schools, if schools are segregated with regards to socio-economic characteristics that are correlated with academic performance and race. This is supported by empirical evidence on the effects of the Texas Top Ten Percent Law, indicating that a policy designed to support diversity at the college level in fact achieved high school desegregation, unintentionally generating incentives for some students to choose schools strategically.

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Paper provided by University of São Paulo (FEA-USP) in its series Working Papers, Department of Economics with number 2014_26.

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Date of creation: 06 Nov 2014
Handle: RePEc:spa:wpaper:2014wpecon26
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