Decentralizing university admission: evidence from a natural experiment


Horstschräer, Julia


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URL: https://madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/32670
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-326704
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2012
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 12-076
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 370 Education
Classification: JEL: I21 , I23 , C21,
Subject headings (SWD): Hochschule , Studienfach , Angebot , zentrale Organisation , dezentrale Organisation , Studierende , Nachfrage , Matching , Deutschland , Hochschulzulassung
Keywords (English): Higher education , college admission problem , university admission
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.

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