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Title: College Admission and High School Integration

Author(s): Fernanda Estevan, Thomas Gall, Patrick Legros, Andrew Newman

Publication Date: March 2017

Keyword(s): affirmative action, college admission, education, high school and Matching

Programme Area(s): Industrial Organization

Abstract: We investigate whether a policy that bases college admission on relative performance can modify the degree of racial or ethnic segregation in high schools by inducing students to relocate to schools with weaker competition. Theoretically, such school arbitrage will neutralize the admissions policy at the college level. It will result in partial desegregation of the high schools if flows are sufficiently unbiased. These predictions are supported by empirical evidence on the effects of the Texas Top Ten Percent Law, indicating that a policy intended to support diversity at the college level actually helped achieve it in the high schools.

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Estevan, F, Gall, T, Legros, P, Newman, A. 2017. 'College Admission and High School Integration'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.