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The distributional consequences of diversity-enhancing university admissions rules

Chan, J. and Eyster, Erik (2009) The distributional consequences of diversity-enhancing university admissions rules. Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, 25 (2). pp. 499-517. ISSN 1465-7341

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Abstract

This article examines public attitudes toward university admissions rules by focusing on the imposition of the costs of racial diversity across majority citizens. High-income majority citizens, who tend to have better academic qualifications, favor more diversity under affirmative action, which imposes its costs on marginal majority candidates. Low-income majority citizens prefer less diversity under affirmative action and would rather achieve diversity by de-emphasizing academic qualifications. Increasing income inequality among majority citizens tends to reduce the median citizen's support for affirmative action. Our results help explain why affirmative action has become increasingly unpopular among white voters and why white voters who oppose affirmative action may support top-x-percent rules like those recently introduced in California, Florida, and Texas.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://jleo.oxfordjournals.org/
Additional Information: © 2009 OUP
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2011 13:41
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/30409/

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