Tuesday, January 24, 2017

27 January 2017: Who does affirmative action better? China or India?

Abhinav Anand
University College Dublin

We analyze the affirmative action policy implemented in India, the Quota Policy, in which preference is given to the disadvantaged section of the populace by reserving a certain fraction of positions for them. We compare it to a hypothetical policy called the Handicap Policy in which the performance index of the disadvantaged is given an artificial boost instead, by means of an additive handicap.
We conclude that if the degree of asymmetry between the disadvantaged and the rest is not too high, on many important metrics of performance of affirmative action policies, Quotas and Handicaps can be shown to be equivalent to each other.

Date: January 27, 2017
Time: 11:30 P.M.

Seminar Room No. 2
Indian Statistical Institute Delhi Centre,
7, S. J. S. Sansanwal Marg,
New Delhi-110016 (INDIA)


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