Alphabetical Order Effects in School Admissions

CERGE-EI Working Paper Series No. 509

27 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2014

See all articles by Stepan Jurajda

Stepan Jurajda

CERGE-EI; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic

Daniel Munich

CERGE-EI, joint workplace of the Charles University and Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

Date Written: February 1, 2014

Abstract

If school admission committees use alphabetically sorted lists of applicants in their evaluations, one's position in the alphabet according to last name initial may be important in determining access to selective schools. In Jurajda and Munich (2010) we provided evidence consistent with this hypothesis based on graduation exams taken in grade 13 in the Czech Republic: 'Z' students in selective schools had higher exam scores than 'A' students. In this paper, we use the TIMSS & PIRLS test scores of 4th graders and the PISA test scores of 8th and 9th graders in the Czech Republic to provide evidence on how the alphabetical sorting outcome we uncovered earlier arises during early tracking into selective schools. Using the PISA data, we also provide similar evidence for Denmark.

Keywords: Admissions, Alphabetical order, Order effects, Early tracking

JEL Classification: H49, J78, I29

Suggested Citation

Jurajda, Stepan and Munich, Daniel, Alphabetical Order Effects in School Admissions (February 1, 2014). CERGE-EI Working Paper Series No. 509, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2399686 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2399686

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