Success in the University Admission Process in Germany: Regional Provenance Matters

17 Pages Posted: 13 May 2008

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Sebastian Braun

Kiel Institute for the World Economy - IFW

Nadja Dwenger

Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance

Date Written: April 2008

Abstract

School education in Germany is under the responsibility of the federal states and as a consequence average grades differ widely across regions. Since school leavers apply nationwide for admission to university, regional provenance may thus matter a lot for the success probability in the admission process. Using a comprehensive dataset of the German central clearing house for university admissions in 2006/2007, we show that success rates indeed differ dramatically between federal states, provided that grades are not made comparable across state boundaries. Most of the variation in success can be explained by state-level differences in grading. By defining quotas for federal states and restricting competition among applicants to the state-level, the link between state-level grading and success rates in the university admission process can be broken.

Keywords: Admission to university, central clearing house, federalism, federal education system

JEL Classification: C21, I23, H77

Suggested Citation

Braun, Sebastian Till and Dwenger, Nadja, Success in the University Admission Process in Germany: Regional Provenance Matters (April 2008). DIW Berlin Discussion Paper No. 789. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1132760 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1132760

Sebastian Till Braun (Contact Author)

Kiel Institute for the World Economy - IFW ( email )

United States

Nadja Dwenger

Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance ( email )

10117
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.tax.mpg.de/en/pub/public_economics/public_economics_people/dwenger_nadja.cfm

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