Data and Code for: College Admission with Multidimensional Privileges: The Brazilian Affirmative Action Case



In 2012 Brazilian public universities were mandated to use affirmative action policies for candidates from racial and income minorities. We show that the policy makes the students' affirmative action status a strategic choice, and may reject high-achieving minority students while admitting low-achieving majority students. Empirical data shows evidence consistent with this type of unfairness in more than 49\% of the programs. We propose a selection criterion and an incentive-compatible mechanism that, for a wider range of similar problems and the one in Brazil in particular, removes any gain from strategizing over the privileges claimed and is fair.

External deposit with OpenICPSR
Date made available2021
PublisherICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research
Date of data production1 Jan 2013 - 31 Dec 2013
Geographical coverageBrazil

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