Who Takes Advanced Placement (AP)?
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Eastern Economic Journal, ISSN: 0094-5056, Vol: 41, Issue: 3, Page: 346-369
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- https://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/facpubs/3434; https://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/facpubs/3680
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- Economics, Econometrics and Finance; achievement gaps; advanced placement; access; advancement placement; Business; Economics; Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods; Gifted Education
This paper provides an analysis of who takes Advanced Placement (AP) Economics. We find large differences in enrollment in AP Economics across groups. Specifically, African-American and Hispanic students and students from low-income backgrounds are about half as likely to be enrolled in AP Economics as other students. However, once we control for prior academic achievement in Geometry, African-American and Hispanic students are overrepresented relative to whites and the difference between low-income and other students is reduced significantly. Female students are overrepresented relative to males, and Asian students are overrepresented relative to whites-this latter effect is large.