Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/184805
Authors: 
Giardili, Soledad
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper 854
Abstract: 
In 2012, the Brazilian government passed a law that mandated all federal higher education institutions to implement a 50 percent admission quota for historically disadvantaged students. I study the implications of this regulation on the academic performance of non-targeted students. Identification rests on the use of pre-law crosswise variation in specially admitted student representation to instrument for exogenous changes in the student body composition afterward. Increased enrollment of targeted students due to the affirmative action caused an increase in the variance of academic ability within university programs. However, I find no evidence that quota-students affect the dropout of non-quota students.
Subjects: 
Education
Affirmative Action
College Admission
JEL: 
I23
I28
J15
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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