Does Affirmative Action Lead to Mismatch? A New Test and Evidence
Duke University - Department of Economics
Esteban M. Aucejo
Duke University - Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Kenneth I. Spenner
Duke University - Department of Sociology
April 8, 2009
Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (ERID) Working Paper No. 27
We argue that once we take into account the students' rational enrollment decisions, mismatch in the sense that the intended beneficiary of affirmative action admission policies are made worse o could occur only if selective universities possess private information about students' post-enrollment treatment effects. This necessary condition for mismatch provides the basis for a new test. We propose an empirical methodology to test for private information in such a setting. The test is implemented using data from Campus Life and Learning Project (CLL) at Duke. Evidence shows that Duke does possess private information that is a statistically significant predictor of the students' post-enrollment academic performance. We also propose strategies to evaluate more conclusively whether the evidence of Duke private information has generated mismatch.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 34
Keywords: Mismatch, Private information, Affirmative Action
JEL Classification: D8, I28, J15working papers series
Date posted: April 15, 2009
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