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Affirmative action and university fit: evidence from Proposition 209

Arcidiacono, Peter, Aucejo, Esteban, Coate, Patrick and Hotz, V. Joseph (2013) Affirmative action and university fit: evidence from Proposition 209. CEP Discussion Papers (CEPDP1224). Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

Proposition 209 banned the use of racial preferences in admissions at public colleges in California. We analyze unique data for all applicants and enrollees within the University of California (UC) system before and after Prop 209. After Prop 209, graduation rates increased by 4.4%. We present evidence that certain institutions are better at graduating more-prepared students while other institutions are better at graduating less-prepared students and that these matching effects are particularly important for the bottom tail of the qualification distribution. We find that Prop 209 led to a more efficient sorting of minority students and the sorting effects explain over 20% of the graduation rate increase. Further, universities appear to have responded to Prop 209 by investing more in their students, explaining between 30-45% of the graduation rate increase.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/_new/publications/series.asp?...
Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > L Education (General)
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I20 - General
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2013 11:25
Last Modified: 31 May 2019 23:22
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/51565

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