Screening Mechanisms and Student Responses in the College Market

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Jonathan Smith

Georgia State University

Michael Hurwitz

College Board

Jessica Howell

Advocacy and Policy Center - College Board

Date Written: October 2014

Abstract

In light of the sizeable financial and time investments associated with obtaining a postsecondary degree, the choice of where to apply and enroll should be a deliberate and thoughtful process. In this paper we exploit changes in application fees and admissions essay requirements, to demonstrate that students strongly respond to small costs in the college application process. Using a new method to identify major competitors of each college, we find that these small screening mechanisms negatively impact application volume and divert student applications to colleges to which they otherwise would not have applied. There is limited evidence that measures of enrollment and retention are affected.

Suggested Citation

Smith, Jonathan and Hurwitz, Michael and Howell, Jessica, Screening Mechanisms and Student Responses in the College Market (October 2014). Economics of Education Review, No. 44, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2824440

Jonathan Smith (Contact Author)

Georgia State University ( email )

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Michael Hurwitz

College Board ( email )

1919 M Street NW
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Washington, DC 20036
United States

Jessica Howell

Advocacy and Policy Center - College Board ( email )

45 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10023
United States

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