Is it Always Good to Let Universities Select Their Students?

16 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2011

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Guido Friebel

Goethe University Frankfurt; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Dario Maldonado

Universidad del Rosario - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: July 1, 2011

Abstract

We undertake a first step to investigating a reform that has been applied in numerous universities across Europe: the right to select students. We ask to what extent this right will increase the efficiency of the university. While it seems evident that giving universities the right to select students that match best with the human capital of professors should increase efficiency measures in the productivities of students in the labor market, we point to a potentially negative effect. We argue that allowing universities to select the students they prefer can reduce the incentives of the universities to improve the human capital of their professors.

Suggested Citation

Friebel, Guido and Maldonado, Dario, Is it Always Good to Let Universities Select Their Students? (July 1, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1883916 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1883916

Guido Friebel (Contact Author)

Goethe University Frankfurt ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Dario Maldonado

Universidad del Rosario - Department of Economics ( email )

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Colombia

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) ( email )

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