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ERIC Number: EJ983155
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-166X
Using Brazil's Racial Continuum to Examine the Short-Term Effects of Affirmative Action in Higher Education
Francis, Andrew M.; Tannuri-Pianto, Maria
Journal of Human Resources, v47 n3 p754-784 Sum 2012
In 2004, the University of Brasilia established racial quotas. We find that quotas raised the proportion of black students, and that displacing applicants were from lower socioeconomic status families than displaced applicants. The evidence suggests that racial quotas did not reduce the preuniversity effort of applicants or students. Additionally, there may have been modest racial disparities in college academic performance among students in selective departments, though the policy did not impact these. The findings also suggest that racial quotas induced some individuals to misrepresent their racial identity but inspired other individuals, especially the darkest-skinned, to consider themselves black. (Contains 1 figure, 12 tables, and 9 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Brazil