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Title:University rankings in action? The importance of rankings and an excellence competition for university choice of high-ability students? PDF Logo
Authors:Horstschräer, Julia
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:ZEW Discussion Papers 11-061
Abstract:This paper analyzes how high-ability students respond to different indicators of university quality when applying for a university. Are some quality dimensions of a ranking, e.g. research reputation or mentoring more important than others? I estimate a random utility model using administrative application data of all German medical schools. As identification relies on the variation in quality indicators over time, I can disentangle the response to changes in quality indicators from the common knowledge regarding the overall university attractiveness. Results show that the ranking provides more relevant information in the quality dimensions mentoring, infrastructure and students' satisfaction than with respect to research.
Subjects:Higher education
university choice
college admission
conditional logit
JEL:I21
I23
I28
C25
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:ZEW Discussion Papers
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