Affirmative action under common school priorities: The top trading cycles mechanism case Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2019 Elsevier B.V. In school choice, there are two types of extensively used affirmative action policies based on majority quotas and minority reserves, respectively. This paper investigates the responsiveness of the top trading cycles school choice mechanism to these two types of affirmative action policies when all schools have the same priority order over students. Under the common school priority (within student type) condition, we show that the top trading cycles mechanism is minimally responsive to the minority reserves type of affirmative action policy, while a stronger majority quotas type of affirmative action policy may yield a Pareto inferior assignment for the minority.

author list (cited authors)

  • Chen, Y., Jiao, Z., Shen, Z., & Tian, G.

citation count

  • 1

publication date

  • May 2019