College Admission with Multidimensional Privileges: The Brazilian Affirmative Action Case

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College Admission with Multidimensional Privileges: The Brazilian Affirmative Action Case. / Aygün, Orhan; Lanari Bo, Inacio.

In: American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, 09.07.2020.

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Aygün, O & Lanari Bo, I 2020, 'College Admission with Multidimensional Privileges: The Brazilian Affirmative Action Case', American Economic Journal: Microeconomics. https://doi.org/10.1257/mic.20170364

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Aygün, O., & Lanari Bo, I. (Accepted/In press). College Admission with Multidimensional Privileges: The Brazilian Affirmative Action Case. American Economic Journal: Microeconomics. https://doi.org/10.1257/mic.20170364

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Aygün O, Lanari Bo I. College Admission with Multidimensional Privileges: The Brazilian Affirmative Action Case. American Economic Journal: Microeconomics. 2020 Jul 9. https://doi.org/10.1257/mic.20170364

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Aygün, Orhan ; Lanari Bo, Inacio. / College Admission with Multidimensional Privileges: The Brazilian Affirmative Action Case. In: American Economic Journal: Microeconomics. 2020.

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