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Are University Admissions Academically Fair?

Bhattacharya, Debopam and Kanaya, Shin and Stevens, Margaret (2017) 'Are University Admissions Academically Fair?' The Review of Economics and Statistics, 99 (3). 449 - 464. ISSN 0034-6535

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Abstract

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 who are better qualified on observableswould, on average, appear academically stronger to admission officers based on unobservables. This assumption reveals the sign of differences in admission standards across demographic groups that are robust to omitted characteristics. Applying our methods to admissions data from a British university, we find higher admission standards for men and slightly higher ones for private school applicants, despite equal admission success probability across gender and school background.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2020 15:07
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2020 15:07
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/27130

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