Legacy and athlete preferences at Harvard / Peter Arcidiacono (Duke University, NBER and IZA), Josh Kinsler (University of Georgia), Tyler Ransom (University of Oklahoma and IZA) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserArcidiacono, Peter ; Kinsler, Josh ; Ransom, Tyler
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, September 2019
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 12633
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The lawsuit Students For Fair Admissions v. Harvard University provided an unprecedented look at how an elite school makes admissions decisions. Using publicly released reports, we examine the preferences Harvard gives for recruited athletes, legacies, those on the dean's interest list, and children of faculty and staff (ALDCs). Among white admits, over 43% are ALDC. Among admits who are African American, Asian American, and Hispanic, the share is less than 16% each. Our model of admissions shows that roughly three quarters of white ALDC admits would have been rejected if they had been treated as white non-ALDCs. Removing preferences for athletes and legacies would significantly alter the racial distribution of admitted students, with the share of white admits falling and all other groups rising or remaining unchanged.