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Recently, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have become the center of intense policy debates. Do HBCUs enhance the college attendance of African American youths? Previous research has been inconclusive. Among other improvements, our study adjusts for the relative availability of HBCU enrollment opportunities in each state. We find that African Americans are more likely to choose HBCUs over other colleges if more HBCU openings are available. However, more HBCU openings don't increase overall African American enrollment. As we have shown elsewhere, attendance at an HBCU does enhance African American students' college graduation rates.


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Ehrenberg, R. G., Rothstein, D. S., & Olsen, R. B. (1999). Do historically black colleges and universities enhance the college attendance of African American youths? [Electronic version]. In P. Moen, D. Dempster-McClain, & H. A. Walker, (Eds.), A nation divided: Diversity, inequality, and community in American society (pp. 171-188). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

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