An Economic Analysis of Color-Blind A ffi rmative Action

@inproceedings{Fryer2006AnEA,
  title={An Economic Analysis of Color-Blind A ffi rmative Action},
  author={Roland G. Fryer and Glenn C. Loury Glenn C. Loury and Tolga Yuret},
  year={2006}
}
This paper offers an economic analysis of color-blind alternatives to conventional affirmative action policies in higher education, focusing on efficiency issues. When the distribution of applicants’ traits is fixed (i.e., in the short run) color-blindness leads colleges to shift weight from academic traits that predict performance to social traits that proxy for race. Using data on matriculates at several selective colleges and universities, we estimate that the short run efficiency cost of… CONTINUE READING