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    Student incentives and preferential treatment in college admissions

    Pastine, Ivan and Pastine, Tuvana (2012) Student incentives and preferential treatment in college admissions. Economics of Education Review, 31. pp. 123-130. ISSN 0272-7757

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    We consider a framework in which the optimal admissions policy of a purely academicquality oriented college implements preferential treatment in favor of the student from the deprived socioeconomic background which maximizes the competition between candidates. We find that the exact form of the preferential treatment admissions policy matters for student incentives and hence for student-body diversity in equilibrium. Preferential treatment policy in college admissions often takes, or is perceived to take, an additive form where the score of the applicant from the deprived background is augmented by a fixed number of points. Such a preferential treatment policy fails to incentivize students from the deprived background. Despite the affirmative action, the level of preferential treatment that achieves academic excellence leaves student-body diversity unchanged compared with a background-blind admissions policy and leads to a higher intergroup score gap.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Affirmative action; College admissions; All-pay auction; Contest; Tournament;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Finance and Accounting
    Item ID: 5690
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    Depositing User: Tuvana Pastine
    Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2015 15:24
    Journal or Publication Title: Economics of Education Review
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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