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Are university admissions academically fair?

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Admission-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 w...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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10.1162/REST_a_00618

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, SSD, Economics
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Publisher:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press (MIT Press): Economics Titles Publisher's website
Journal:
Review of Economics and Statistics Journal website
Volume:
99
Issue:
3
Pages:
449-464
Publication date:
2016-06-08
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EISSN:
1530-9142
ISSN:
0034-6535
URN:
uuid:48418144-9f68-493a-914b-0c3436f271ee
Source identifiers:
626341
Local pid:
pubs:626341

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