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Affirmative Action through Minority Reserves: An Experimental Study on School Choice

AuthorsKlijn, Flip ; Pais, Joana; Vorsatz, Marc
Keywordsaffirmative action
minority reserves
school choice
deferred acceptance
top trading cycles
Issue DateFeb-2014
Citation13th Journées Louis-André Gérard-Varet (2014)
AbstractMinority reserves are an affirmative action policy proposed by Hafalir et al. (2013) in the context of school choice. We study in the laboratory the effect of minority reserves on the outcomes of two prominent matching mechanisms, the Gale-Shapley and the Top Trading Cycles mechanisms. Our first experimental result is that the introduction of minority reserves enhances truth-telling of some minority students under the Gale-Shapley but not under the Top Trading Cycles mechanism. Secondly, for the Gale-Shapley mechanism we also find that the stable matchings that are more beneficial to students are obtained more often relative to the other stable matchings when minority reserves are introduced. Finally, the overall expected payoff increases under the Gale-Shapley but decreases under the Top Trading Cycles mechanism if minority reserves are introduced. However, the minority group benefits and the majority group is harmed under both mechanisms
DescriptionPresentado en: Seminar 3, Departamento de Fundamentos de Análisis Económico de la Universidad de Alicante el 26 de mayo de 2014
Comunicación presentada el 26 de junio de 2014 en las 13th Journées Louis-André Gérard-Varet, celebrdas del 23 al 26 de junio de 2014 en Aix-en-Provence (Francia) y organizadas por el IDEP, Institut d'éconjomie publique
Presentado también el 16 de abril de 2015 en el Meeting of COST Action IC1205 on Computational Social Choice, COST European Cooperation in Science and Technology, celebrado del 14 al 16 de abril de 2015 en Glasgow (Reino Unido)
Publicado como: Barcelona GSE Working Paper Series nº 752. Barcelona: Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, february 2014 (version September 2014)
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