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Explicit vs. Statistical Preferential Treatment in Affirmative Action: Theory and Evidence from Chicago's Exam Schools

Umut Dur, Parag A. Pathak, Tayfun Sönmez

NBER Working Paper No. 22109
Issued in March 2016

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Our thanks to Katie Ellis, Brian Pool, Susan Ryan, and Chicago Public Schools for graciously sharing their data and answering our questions. The views expressed here are those of the authors and do not reflect the views of Chicago Public Schools or the National Bureau of Economic Research. We thank Glenn Ellison for helpful comments and Alex Olssen for superb research assistance. Pathak and Sonmez's work was supported by NSF grant SES-1426566. Sonmez also acknowledges the research support of Goldman Sachs Gives via Dalinc Ariburnu - Goldman Sachs Faculty Research Fund. Pathak is on the scientific advisory board of the Institute for Innovation in Public School Choice.

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