How sturdy are the racial preferences of universities?

Utilizing detailed admissions information made public within the SFFA v. Harvard and SFFA v. UNC circumstances, we look at how racial preferences for under-represented minorities (URMs) have an effect on their admissions to Harvard and UNC-Chapel Hill. At Harvard, the admit charges for typical African American candidates are on common over 4 occasions bigger than if they’d been handled as white. For typical Hispanic candidates the rise is 2.4 occasions. At UNC, preferences fluctuate considerably by whether or not the applicant is in-state or out-of-state. For in-state candidates, racial preferences end in an over 70% improve within the African American admit charge. For out-of-state candidates, the rise is greater than tenfold. Each universities present bigger racial preferences to URMs from increased socioeconomic backgrounds.

Right here is the paper, by Peter Arcidiacono, Josh Kinsler, and Tyler Ransom, forthcoming as an NBER paper.

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