Román Andrés Zárate
Institute on Behavior & Inequality
Tel: +49 (228) 3984-710
Institutional Affiliation: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|August 2019||Choice and Consequence: Assessing Mismatch at Chicago Exam Schools|
with Joshua D. Angrist, Parag A. Pathak: w26137
The educational mismatch hypothesis asserts that students are hurt by affirmative action policies that place them in selective schools for which they wouldn't otherwise qualify. We evaluate mismatch in Chicago's selective public exam schools, which admit students using neighborhood-based diversity criteria as well as test scores. Regression discontinuity estimates for applicants favored by affirmative action indeed show no gains in reading and negative effects of exam school attendance on math scores. But these results are similar for more- and less-selective schools and for applicants unlikely to benefit from affirmative-action, a pattern inconsistent with mismatch. We show that Chicago exam school effects are explained by the schools attended by applicants who are not offered an exam sch...