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Discrimination-helps-the-“victim” argument

January 22nd, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

An interesting WSJ example of where the Discrimination-helps-the-“victim” argument actually might be valid. This might be worth modelling.

A more worrisome issue arises when men take advantage of their relative scarcity by making life miserable for would-be girlfriends. Why settle down when you are a guy and the supply of eligible women appears to be unlimited? The female students hate such a situation, which is one reason admissions offices end up accepting male applicants who are less academically qualified than their female counterparts. Their goal is to avoid the dreaded 60/40 gender imbalance on campus that everyone agrees is a threshold not to be crossed. Those gender preferences, which colleges rarely discuss, have become common among private, four-year colleges (and recently caught the attention of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which has launched a probe into admissions discrimination against women).

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  1. January 25th, 2010 at 22:20 | #1

    nice post. thanks.

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