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Reverse Discrimination and Efficiency in Education

Gianni De Fraja
International Economic Review
Vol. 46, No. 3 (Aug., 2005), pp. 1009-1031
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3663502
Page Count: 23
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Abstract

This article shows that reverse discrimination policies can find a justification purely on efficiency grounds. We study the optimal provision of education when households belong to different groups, differing in the distribution of the potential to benefit from education among individuals, which is private information. The main result is that high-potential individuals from groups with relatively few high-potential individuals should receive more education than otherwise identical individuals from groups with a more favorable distribution of these benefits.

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