Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1093/ei/cbj020
Title: A theory of affirmative action in college admissions
Authors: Fu, Q. 
Issue Date: 2006
Source: Fu, Q. (2006). A theory of affirmative action in college admissions. Economic Inquiry 44 (3) : 420-428. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1093/ei/cbj020
Abstract: To address the issue of when minority and nonminority candidates compete for admissions to a college, we show that an academic quality-oriented college maximizes the test score of its incoming class by adopting an admissions rule that favors the minority. Such a "handicapping" rule increases competition and induces candidates to invest more in educational attainment. These results reconcile the often-assumed conflicts between diversity and academic quality. However, we also show that the non-minority responds to the affirmative action admissions more aggressively, which tends to widen the racial test score gap. © Western Economic Association Inernational.
Source Title: Economic Inquiry
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/44279
ISSN: 00952583
DOI: 10.1093/ei/cbj020
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