Affirmative Action and the Quality-Fit Tradeoff

  title={Affirmative Action and the Quality-Fit Tradeoff},
  author={Peter S. Arcidiacono and Michael F. Lovenheim},
  journal={Labor: Human Capital eJournal},
This paper reviews the literature on affirmative action in undergraduate education and law schools, focusing in particular on the tradeoff between the quality of an institution and the fit between a school and a student. We first discuss the conditions under which affirmative action for under-represented minorities (URM) could help or harm their educational outcomes. We then provide descriptive evidence on the extent of affirmative action in law schools, as well as a review of the contentious… 

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