Integrating Schools for Centralized Admissions

36 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2014 Last revised: 17 Jan 2016

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Mehmet Ekmekci

Boston College - Department of Economics

M. Bumin Yenmez

Boston College

Date Written: October 27, 2014


As school districts integrate charter schools for centralized admissions in Denver, New Orleans, Newark and Washington D.C., some charter schools have stayed out of the system. This is counterintuitive as centralized clearinghouses are deemed beneficial to schools as well as students. We provide a new framework to study the incentives of a school to join a clearinghouse and we show that each school prefers to remain out of the system when others join it for the standard mechanisms used in practice for student assignment. Therefore, our analysis provides an explanation of why some charter schools have evaded the clearinghouse. To overcome this issue, we propose two schemes that can be used by policymakers to incentivize schools to join the system, which achieves the desired integration of schools to the clearinghouse.

Keywords: school choice, charter schools, centralized admissions

JEL Classification: C78, D47, D71, D78

Suggested Citation

Ekmekci, Mehmet and Yenmez, M. Bumin, Integrating Schools for Centralized Admissions (October 27, 2014). Available at SSRN: or

Mehmet Ekmekci

Boston College - Department of Economics ( email )

United States

M. Bumin Yenmez (Contact Author)

Boston College ( email )

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