Unified Enrollment in School Choice: How to Improve Student Assignment in Chicago
39 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2017 Last revised: 28 Nov 2017
Date Written: November 20, 2017
The Chicago Board of Education is implementing a centralized clearinghouse to assign students to schools for 2018-19 admissions. In this clearinghouse, each student can simultaneously be admitted to a selective and a nonselective school. We study this divided enrollment system and show that an alternative unified enrollment system, which assigns each student to only one school, is better for all students. We also examine systems with two stages of admissions, which has also been considered in Chicago, and establish conditions under which the unified enrollment system is better than the divided enrollment system.
Keywords: Market design, school choice, unified enrollment
JEL Classification: C78, D47, D71, D78
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