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Main Title: Telling the Truth May Not Pay Off: An Empirical Study of Centralized University Admissions in Germany
Author(s): Braun, Sebastian
Dwenger, Nadja
Kübler, Dorothea
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Abstract: Matching university places to students is not as clear cut or as straightforward as it ought to be. By investigating the matching algorithm used by the German central clearinghouse for university admissions in medicine and related subjects, we show that a procedure designed to give an advantage to students with excellent school grades actually harms them. The reason is that the three-step process employed by the clearinghouse is a complicated mechanism in which many students fail to grasp the strategic aspects involved. The mechanism is based on quotas and consists of three procedures that are administered sequentially, one for each quota. Using the complete data set of the central clearinghouse, we show that the matching can be improved for around 20% of the excellent students while making a relatively small percentage of all other students worse off.
Issue Date: 2010
Date Available: 1-Oct-2018
DDC Class: 370 Bildung und Erziehung
330 Wirtschaft
Subject(s): matching
university admissions
strategic behavior
Sponsor/Funder: DFG, SFB 649, Ökonomisches Risiko
Journal Title: The B.E. journal of economic analysis & policy
Publisher: De Gruyter
Publisher Place: Berlin
Volume: 10
Issue: 1
Article Number: 22
Publisher DOI: 10.2202/1935-1682.2294
EISSN: 1935-1682
Notes: Dieser Beitrag ist mit Zustimmung des Rechteinhabers aufgrund einer (DFG geförderten) Allianz- bzw. Nationallizenz frei zugänglich.
This publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.
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