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The Effects of Affirmative Action

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Science  28 May 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5419, pp. 1473-1474
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5419.1473

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The Shape of the River Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions. William G. Bowen and Derek Bok. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 1998. 511 pp. $24.95. ISBN 0-691-00274-6.

The authors and their collaborators provide an in-depth, quantitative assessment of the policies and outcomes of the preferential admission of minority applicants into selective colleges and universities.