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Incentives to Identify: Racial Identity in the Age of Affirmative Action

Francisca Antman and Brian Duncan
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Brian Duncan: University of Colorado Denver

The Review of Economics and Statistics, 2015, vol. 97, issue 3, 710-713

Abstract: We link data on racial self-identification with changes in statelevel affirmative action policies to ask whether racial self-identification responds to economic incentives. We find that after a state bans affirmative action, multiracial individuals who face an incentive to identify under affirmative action are about 30% less likely to identify with their minority group. In contrast, multiracial individuals who face a disincentive to identify under affirmative action are roughly 20% more likely to identify with their minority group once affirmative action policies are banned.

Keywords: affirmative action; government policy; self-identification; race (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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