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ERIC Number: ED545604
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-2042-2695
Racial Segregation Patterns in Selective Universities. CEP Discussion Paper No. 1219
Arcidiacono, Peter; Aucejo, Esteban; Hussey, Andrew; Spenner, Kenneth
Centre for Economic Performance
This paper examines sorting into interracial friendships at selective universities. We show significant friendship segregation, particularly for blacks. Indeed, black friendships are no more diverse in college than in high school despite the colleges blacks attend having substantially smaller black populations. We show that part of the reason for the segregation patterns is large differences in academic background coupled with students being more likely to form friendships with those of similar academic backgrounds. Within a school, stronger academic backgrounds make interracial friendships with blacks less likely and friendships with Asians more likely. These results suggest that affirmative action admission policies at selective universities which drive a wedge between the academic characteristics of different racial groups may result in increased within school segregation.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Economic and Social Research Council (England)
Authoring Institution: London School of Economics and Political Science (England). Centre for Economic Performance.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)