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Priority design for engineering colleges in India

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India has implemented the most comprehensive affirmative action program since 1950 via a reservation system. The Supreme Court of India (SCI) granted 27% reservation to the members of Other Backward Classes (OBC) in Ashoka Kumar Thakur vs. Union of India (2008). In the same decision, the SCI enacted the OBC de-reservation policy, according to which unfilled OBC positions must be provided to others. The lack of a well-defined de-reservation policy in SCI’s decision has led to the implementation of ad-hoc de-reservation procedures with inferior theoretical and practical properties. Aygün and Turhan (Manag Sci, Forthcoming, 2022) propose the backward transfer choice rule to implement OBC de-reservations. This paper introduces a new choice rule that is computationally simpler than the backward transfer choice rule, yet it is outcome equivalent. We further discuss cutoff scores induced by these choice rules.

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  1. The judgment can be accessed at https://indiankanoon.org/doc/1363234/. See Sönmez and Yenmez (2022) for the discussion of this case from a market design perspective. The authors relate the Indian judiciary to matching theory.

  2. The judgement is available at https://indiankanoon.org/doc/63489929/. See Aygün and Turhan (2022) for the detailed discussion of this judgement.

  3. \(\emptyset \succ _{t}^{s}j\) means applicant j is unacceptable for category t at institution s.

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Aygün, O., Turhan, B. Priority design for engineering colleges in India. Ind. Econ. Rev. 58 (Suppl 1), 5–15 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s41775-023-00162-3

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