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Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Social Sciences Seminar

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Baxter B125
Affirmative Action in India
Bumin Yenmez, Associate Professor of Economics (with tenure), Boston College,

Abstract: In order to address the historic discrimination faced by various communities under the caste system, a comprehensive affirmative action system exists in India, reserving access to government jobs and to enrollment in higher educational institutions. While there is a Supreme Court-mandated mechanism to implement these reservations when the positions are homogeneous, no mechanism is provided when the positions are heterogeneous. This gap results in widespread adoption of unconstitutional mechanisms, countless lawsuits, regular judicial review, and inconsistent judgements including at the Supreme Court level. We identify the root cause of all these challenges, and propose a design to overcome them.

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