Edwin Leuven, Department of Economics, UiO. "Sorting, Screening and College Admission"

Department seminar. Edwin Leuven is Professor at the Department of Economics, UiO. He will present the paper: Sorting, Screening and College Admission

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Edwin Leuven


Quantitative measures of academic preparedness play a key role in college admissions around the world. We study the use of high-school GPA as opposed to the use of alternative objective and subjective criteria in college admission. Our context is the Danish higher education system where most programs admit applicants in two quotas. In a first quota, admission is based on high-school GPA. If rejected, applicants can also compete in a second quota where candidates are ranked on alternative criteria such as the subjective evaluation of CVs, essays and interviews, or specific grades and college entry tests. Applicants in both quotas are ranked and admitted based on their rank priority score. We build on these features of the admission process to implement a regression discontinuity design across the two quotas to estimate the return to admission on program and college completion, and investigate how these returns depend on evaluative criteria. We also investigate the role of individual admission criteria and perform counterfactual policy analyses.

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