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ERIC Number: EJ871943
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0276-8739
The Impact of the Texas Top 10 Percent Law on College Enrollment: A Regression Discontinuity Approach
Niu, Sunny Xinchun; Tienda, Marta
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, v29 n1 p84-110 Win 2010
We use regression discontinuity methods on a representative survey of Texas high school seniors to discern the impact on flagship-enrollment behavior of the Texas top 10 percent law, which guarantees admission to any Texas public university to students who graduate in the top decile of their class. By comparing students at and immediately below the cut-point for automatic admission, we find that the top 10 percent law affects flagship enrollment of Hispanic students eligible for the admission guarantee, as well as rank-eligible graduates from high schools where minority students predominate and from high schools with the state average share of economically disadvantaged students. Our findings are robust to various model specifications and different bandwidth choices using local linear estimation. (Contains 7 tables, 4 figures and 22 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas