Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/67068
Authors: 
Horstschräer, Julia
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Paper 12-076
Abstract: 
Applying a differences-in-differences strategy, I study the decentralization of university admission as a natural experiment. Is the centralized or decentralized procedure better suited to match prospective students to universities? The analysis uses administrative data on all students within Germany and complements the prominent theoretical literature on college admission. The results show that the matching efficiency increased in course of the decentralization. This increase is mainly driven by enabling law schools to abolish admission restrictions. The matching quality is not significantly affected by the decentralization process but suggests that abolishing admission restrictions could be associated with increasing drop-out rates.
Subjects: 
higher education
college admission problem
university admission
JEL: 
I21
I23
C21
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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