Replication data for: Does Affirmative Action Work? Caste, Gender, College Quality, and Academic Success in India

Surendrakumar Bagde, Lowell Taylor & Dennis Epple
Public policy in modern India features affirmative action programs intended to reduce inequality that stems from a centuries-old caste structure and history of disparate treatment by gender. We study the effects of one such affirmative action program: an admissions policy that fixes percentage quotas, common across more than 200 engineering colleges, for disadvantaged castes and for women. We show that the program increases college attendance of targeted students, particularly at relatively higher-quality institutions. An important...
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