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Implementing quotas in university admissions: an experimental analysis

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Braun, Sebastian; Dwenger, Nadja; Kübler, Dorothea; Westkamp, Alexander

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Corporate Editor Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH
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. (author's abstract)
Keywords experiment; quota; voting; university; subject of study; regulation; student; supply; demand; university admission
Classification Macroanalysis of the Education System, Economics of Education, Educational Policy; University Education
Free Keywords Gale-Shapley Mechanismus; Boston-Mechanismus; Shapley-Wert
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
City Berlin
Page/Pages 45 p.
Series Discussion Papers / Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, Forschungsschwerpunkt Markt und Entscheidung, Abteilung Verhalten auf Märkten, SP II 2012-201
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications