Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/36967
Authors: 
Cortes, Kalena E.
Friedson, Andrew I.
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5026
Abstract: 
Texas engaged in a large-scale policy experiment when it instituted the Top 10% Plan. This policy guarantees automatic admission to their state university of choice for all high school seniors who graduate in the top decile of their high school class. We find evidence that households reacted strategically to this policy by moving to neighborhoods with lower-performing schools, increasing both property values and the number of housing units in those areas. These effects are concentrated among schools that were very low-performing before the change in policy; property values and the number of housing units did not change discontinuously for previously high-performing school districts. We also find evidence that these strategic reactions were influenced by the number of local schooling options available: areas that had fewer school choices showed no reaction to the Top 10% Plan.
Subjects: 
Property values
college choice
affirmative action
Top 10% Plan
JEL: 
H31
H41
H73
I20
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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