Would the Elimination of Affirmative Action Affect Highly Qualified Minority Applicants? Evidence from California and Texas
David Card and
ILR Review, 2005, vol. 58, issue 3, 416-434
Between 1996 and 1998 California and Texas eliminated the use of affirmative action in college and university admissions. At the states' elite public universities admission rates of black and Hispanic students subsequently fell by 30â€“50% and minority representation in the entering freshman classes declined. This study investigates whether the elimination of affirmative action changed minority students' college application behavior. A particular concern is that highly qualified minoritiesâ€”who were not directly affected by the policy changeâ€”would be dissuaded from applying to elite public schools, either because of reduced campus diversity or because of uncertainty about their admission prospects. The authors use information from SAT takers in the two states to compare the fractions of minority students who sent their test scores to selective state institutions before and after the elimination of affirmative action. They find no change in the SAT-sending behavior of highly qualified black or Hispanic students.
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (35) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
Working Paper: Would the Elimination of Affirmative Action Affect Highly Qualified Minority Applicants? Evidence from California and Texas (2004)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:sae:ilrrev:v:58:y:2005:i:3:p:416-434
Access Statistics for this article
More articles in ILR Review from Cornell University, ILR School
Bibliographic data for series maintained by SAGE Publications ().