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dc.contributor.authorBhattacharya, Debopamen
dc.contributor.authorKanaya, Shinen
dc.contributor.authorStevens, Margareten
dc.date.accessioned2016-07-20T14:45:51Z
dc.date.available2016-07-20T14:45:51Z
dc.date.issued2016-06-08en
dc.identifier.issn0034-6535
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/256795
dc.description.abstractAdmission-practices at high-profile universities are often criticized for undermining academic merit. Popular tests for detecting such biases suffer from omitted characteristic bias. We develop a bounds-based test to circumvent this problem. We assume that students that are better-qualified on observables would, on average, appear academically stronger to admission-tutors based on unobservables. This assumption reveals the sign of differences in admission-standards across demographic groups which are robust to omitted characteristics. Applying our methods to admissions-data from a British university, we find higher admission standards for males and slightly higher ones for private-school applicants, despite equal admission success-probability across gender and school-background.
dc.languageEnglishen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherMIT Press
dc.subjectuniversity admissionsen
dc.subjectaffirmative actionen
dc.subjecteconomic efficiencyen
dc.subjectmarginal admiten
dc.subjectunobserved heterogeneityen
dc.subjectthreshold-crossing modelen
dc.subjectconditional stochastic dominanceen
dc.subjectpartial identificationen
dc.titleAre University Admissions Academically Fair?en
dc.typeArticle
dc.description.versionThis is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from MIT Press via http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/REST_a_00618en
prism.publicationDate2016en
prism.publicationNameThe Review of Economics and Statisticsen
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.732
dcterms.dateAccepted2016-04-04en
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1162/REST_a_00618en
rioxxterms.versionAMen
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserveden
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2016-06-08en
dc.contributor.orcidBhattacharya, Debopam [0000-0002-2870-7898]
dc.identifier.eissn1530-9142
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2017-06-08


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