A Conversation on the Nature, Effects, and Future of Affirmative Action in Higher Education Admissions

46 Pages Posted: 3 Jul 2015 Last revised: 18 Aug 2015

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Stacy Hawkins

Rutgers Law School

Peter Arcidiacono

Duke University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Thomas Espenshade

Princeton University - Office of Population Research (OPR)

Richard H. Sander

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Date Written: February 1, 2015

Abstract

One of the panels at the 2014 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law’s Symposium on Educational Equity and the Constitution in the Twenty-First Century dealt with “Preferences, the Mismatch Question, and Improving the Racial Pipeline.” The four participants decided to skip the usual format of sequential presentations and instead have a conversation revolving around a series of questions. The result was so well received that we decided to adapt this approach into a joint contribution for the published Symposium. What follows is not a transcript or an adaptation of our January 2014 conversation, but rather a series of short essays on the questions discussed at the conference. For each of the twelve questions, one of us (in rotation) wrote a lead essay, and the rest of us made such responses and rejoinders as seemed fitting. We have edited the essays and added tables and charts to improve the flow of the exchanges and illustrate the content.

Suggested Citation

Hawkins, Stacy and Arcidiacono, Peter and Espenshade, Thomas and Sander, Richard H., A Conversation on the Nature, Effects, and Future of Affirmative Action in Higher Education Admissions (February 1, 2015). University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Vol. 17, Issue 3, 2015; UCLA School of Law Research Paper No. 15-25. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2625668

Stacy Hawkins (Contact Author)

Rutgers Law School ( email )

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Peter Arcidiacono

Duke University - Department of Economics ( email )

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )

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Thomas Espenshade

Princeton University - Office of Population Research (OPR) ( email )

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Richard H. Sander

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law ( email )

385 Charles E. Young Dr. East
Room 1242
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476
United States

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