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2016 海外青年学者实验经济学系列讲座(三)

发表于:2016年05月10日 分类:未分类


报告题目:Grand vs. Region-Specific College Admissions: Is “Fair” Quota Allocation Scheme Truly Fair?

报 告 人:Weiwei Weng(翁韡韡)

报告时间:2016.05.16  14:00-15:30

报告地点:博学楼422

主办单位:科研处、实验经济学实验室、经济与社会发展研究院


【主讲人简介】

翁韡韡,香港大学经济学博士,香港浸会大学商学院经济学系助理教授,主要研究领域为应用微观经济学、市场设计、行为经济学和实验经济学。翁韡韡博士的研究多次获得国家自然科学基金(共同)、香港浸会大学战略发展基金等荣誉和资助,研究成果主要发表在Applied Economics, The Electricity Journal, The Rand Journal of Economics, Economy and Management等国际期刊。同时,翁韡韡博士担任Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Southern Economic Journal等国际期刊的匿名审稿人。

【报告简介】

    Geographic diversity, among other diversities like ethnic or cultural ones, has been emphasized by colleges/universities, with a common belief that the best education can develop only in a vibrant and diverse community. Concerns of achieving (domestic) geographic balance in its higher education system are most salient in a developing country, in which regional disparity tends to be substantial and consequential for its long term economic development and sustainability. One solution adopted in reality is to assign university-quota across different domestic regions, explicitly or implicitly. Meanwhile, preferential treatment to local students by reserving disproportionally more seats locally, however, is prevalent, arousing social controversy on educational inequity. In this paper, we put forward endogenous explanations as to why universities, especially the top ones, adopt local preferential treatment (LPT) even in the absence of any political reasons. Moreover, our analysis sheds light on a counter-intuitive finding that the seemingly “fair” quota allocation, as highly proposed to “correct” the LPT in advantaged regions, could turn out backfiring in terms of placing the least amount of students from the disadvantaged region to top schools among the three competing scenarios – quota-free Grand Admissions, “fair” quota allocation and LPT. Data collected from 833 participants involved in our self-designed laboratory college-admissions experiment confirm our analytical findings under various environments that differ in admissions algorithms in use, information availability as well as restriction on preference reporting. A major policy suggestion derived from this research is that we can’t simply resort to the so-called “fair” quota allocation to achieve the truly fair outcome; instead, looking beyond the quota system for a relatively more quota-free system like the Grand Admissions system may be worth more considerations.

固定链接: http://elab.dufe.edu.cn/archives/1981 | 实验经济学实验室