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Student incentives and diversity in college admissions

Ivan Pastine and Tuvana Pastine

No 200911, Working Papers from School of Economics, University College Dublin

Abstract: This paper examines student incentives when faced with a college admissions policy which pursues student body diversity. The effect of a diversify-conscious admissions policy critically depends on the design of the policy. If the admissions policy fails to incentivize students from a disadvantaged socioeconomic background it may lead to a deterioration in the intergroup score gap while failing to improve student body diversity in equilibrium.

Keywords: Affirmative action; College admissions; All-pay auction; Contest; Tournament; Universities and colleges--Admission; Affirmative action programs in education (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009-09
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