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Let's Make Elite College Admissions A Lottery

Let's Make Elite College Admissions A Lottery

There is a big debate about elite education going on right now within social science. And it's not the one you may be thinking of.

The public is busy arguing over affirmative action and whether Asian Americans are discriminated against in Harvard University admissions, and whether preferences based on "legacy" alumni connections, athletic skills or other attributes should continue. But sociologists and economists are trying to assess whether all this fuss even matters. In other words, what is the value of going to a highly selective school such as Harvard, Yale or Princeton?

There's one sure way to resolve both these debates: a...