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Title:Implementing quotas in university admissions: An experimental analysis PDF Logo
Authors:Braun, Sebastian
Dwenger, Nadja
Kübler, Dorothea
Westkamp, Alexander
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:WZB Discussion Paper SP II 2012-201
Abstract:Quotas for special groups of students often apply in school or university admission procedures. This paper studies the performance of two mechanisms to implement such quotas in a lab experiment. The first mechanism is a simplified version of the mechanism currently employed by the German central clearinghouse for university admissions, which first allocates seats in the quota for top-grade students before allocating all other seats among remaining applicants. The second is a modified version of the student-proposing deferred acceptance (SDA) algorithm, which simultaneously allocates seats in all quotas. Our main result is that the current procedure, designed to give top-grade students an advantage, actually harms them, as students often fail to grasp the strategic issues involved. The modified SDA algorithm significantly improves the matching for top-grade students and could thus be a valuable tool for redesigning university admissions in Germany.
Subjects:college admissions
experiment
quotas
matching
Gale-Shapley mechanism
Boston mechanism
JEL:C78
C92
D78
I20
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Discussion Papers, Abteilung Verhalten auf Märkten, WZB
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