One or Many? Using the New Opportunities of the Unified State Exam in Russian University Admissions

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Andrey Ampilogov

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Ilya Prakhov

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Maria Yudkevich

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: September 16, 2013

Abstract

The introduction of the Unified State Exam (USE) has simplified the process of university entry by decreasing transaction costs associated with the application process. The new system allows applicants to apply to several higher education institutions at the same time. However, many students do not take advantage of this opportunity and apply only to a single university. In this study we analyze the factors that influence application strategies, whether to apply to only one institution or to apply to several. We argue that higher USE scores predict a higher probability of multiple applications. Additionally, graduating from a high school that offers advanced training in a particular discipline positively influences this probability. The variables of family income and social capital, a parent’s level of education, and their age, as well as attending additional programs of pre-entry training are statistically insignificant.

Keywords: higher education, university admission, application strategy

JEL Classification: I21, I24

Suggested Citation

Ampilogov, Andrey and Prakhov, Ilya and Yudkevich, Maria, One or Many? Using the New Opportunities of the Unified State Exam in Russian University Admissions (September 16, 2013). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 12/EDU/2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2326442 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2326442

Andrey Ampilogov

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Ilya Prakhov

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

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Maria Yudkevich (Contact Author)

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

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