Centralized Admissions and the Student-College Match
64 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2016 Last revised: 20 Jul 2019
Date Written: September 1, 2017
Decentralized assignments in the education market have been increasingly replaced by centralized ones. However, empirical evidence on these transitions is scarce. This paper examines the adoption of centralized admissions in the Brazilian higher education market. Using rich administrative data, we exploit time variation in the adoption of a clearinghouse across public institutions to investigate the impacts on student migration and enrollment. We find that institutions under the centralized assignment are able to attract students from other locations, while enrollment rates are unaffected. In addition, we document lower migration rates for students enrolled in institutions that could not switch to centralized admissions, particularly the private ones, indicating that the market becomes more local for them.
Keywords: higher education, centralized matching, college admission, migration, enrollment
JEL Classification: D47, I23, I28
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