ERIC Number: ED502505
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Mismatch in Law School. NBER Working Paper No. 14275
Rothstein, Jesse; Yoon, Albert
National Bureau of Economic Research
An important criticism of race-based higher education admission preferences is that they may hurt minority students who attend more selective schools than they would in the absence of such preferences. We categorize the non-experimental research designs available for the study of so-called "mismatch" effects and evaluate the likely biases in each. We select two comparisons and use them to examine mismatch effects in law school. We find no evidence of mismatch effects on any students' employment outcomes or on the graduation or bar passage rates of black students with moderate or strong entering credentials. What evidence there is for mismatch comes from less-qualified black students who typically attend second- or third-tier schools. Many of these students would not have been admitted to any law school without preferences, however, and the resulting sample selection prevents strong conclusions.
Descriptors: Credentials, Law Schools, Selective Admission, Minority Groups, African American Students, College Admission
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA.