College Admission with Multidimensional Privileges: The Brazilian Affirmative Action Case

33 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2017 Last revised: 12 Jul 2019

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Orhan Aygun

Bogazici University

Inácio Bó

WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Date Written: July 10, 2019

Abstract

In 2012 Brazilian public universities were mandated to use affirmative action policies for candidates from racial and income minorities. We show that the policy makes the students' affirmative action status a strategic choice, and may reject high-achieving minority students while admitting low-achieving majority students. Empirical data shows evidence consistent with this type of unfairness in more than 49% of the programs. We propose a selection criterion and an incentive-compatible mechanism that, for a wider range of similar problems and the one in Brazil in particular, removes any gain from strategizing over the privileges claimed and is fair.

Keywords: Mechanism design, matching with contracts, college admissions, affirmative action, diversity

JEL Classification: C78, D63, D78, D82

Suggested Citation

Aygun, Orhan and Bó, Inácio, College Admission with Multidimensional Privileges: The Brazilian Affirmative Action Case (July 10, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3071751 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3071751

Orhan Aygun

Bogazici University ( email )

Bebek, İstanbul 34342
Turkey

Inácio Bó (Contact Author)

WZB Berlin Social Science Center ( email )

Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin, 10785
Germany

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